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Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 1998 Tennessee Volunteers

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#6 SEC BCS Championship team

1998 Tennessee Volunteers (13-0)

Head coach: Phil Fulmer
Offensive coordinator: David Cutcliffe
Defensive coordinator: John Chavis
Average margin of victory: 18.6 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 82-71 (.536)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (5): #3 FSU, #5 Florida, #14 Georgia, #16 Arkansas, #25 Syracuse
Key stats: 34 PPG offense (#17 CFB), 14.4 PPG defense (#9 CFB)
1st and 2nd round draft picks: John Henderson (1st), Al Wilson (1st), Peerless Price (2nd), Jamal Lewis (1st), Shaun Ellis (1st), Raynoch Thompson (2nd), Chad Clifton (2nd), Dwayne Goodrich (2nd), Casey Coleman (2nd), Deon Grant (2nd), Travis Henry (2nd)

Team buzz: Some say Tennessee’s 1998 team is one of the top five greatest teams during the BCS era. One year removed from the great Peyton Manning, Tennessee went and accomplished what Manning set out to do, only they did it with Tee Martin. The obvious strength was the backfield, headlined by monsters Travis Henry, Jamal Lewis, Shawn Bryson and Travis Stephens, and the Vols plowed their way with a dominant running game.

Everybody wants to talk about the Arkansas game, and the fumble that was heard ‘round the college football world. Tennessee went down 21-3 on a rainy night in Neyland Stadium. With the Hogs up two and looking to put the game away, Clint Stoerner fumbled the ball, allowing Tennessee to win one of the biggest games in their history.

The Vols went on to win the national championship against FSU 23-16, with WR Peerless Price receiving MVP honors after his 79-yard TD reception.

Team Schedule

Sept. 5: Tennessee 34, #17 Syracuse 33 (Syracuse)
Sept. 19: Tennessee 20, #2 Florida 17 (Knoxville)
Sept. 26: Tennessee 42, Houston 7 (Knoxville)
Oct. 3: Tennessee 17, Auburn 9 (Auburn)
Oct. 10: Tennessee 22, #7 Georgia 3 (Athens)
Oct. 24: Tennessee 35, Alabama 18 (Knoxville)
Oct. 31: Tennessee 49, South Carolina 14 (Columbia)
Nov. 7: Tennessee 37, UAB 13 (Knoxville)
Nov. 14: Tennessee 28, #10 Arkansas 24 (Knoxville)
Nov. 21: Tennessee 59, Kentucky 21 (Knoxville)
Nov. 28: Tennessee 41, Vanderbilt 0 (Nashville)
Dec. 5: Tennessee 24, #23 Mississippi State 14 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 4: Tennessee 23, #2 Florida State 16 (BCS NCG, Fiesta Bowl)

Photo Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports





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