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Final AP Top 25 Poll for College Football's 1998-99 Season

Voted on by panel of 70 sportswriters & broadcasters and released on Jan. 5, 1999, following the Fiesta Bowl: winning team receives the Bear Bryant Trophy, given since 1983; first place votes in parentheses, records, total points (based on 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd, etc.) bowl game result, head coach and career record, preseason rank (released on Aug. 16, 1998) and final regular season rank (released Dec. 6, 1998).

    Final
Record
Points Bowl Game Head Coach Aug. 16
Rank
Dec. 6
Rank
1 Tennessee (70) 13-0 1750 won Fiesta Phillip Fulmer (7 yrs: 67-11-0) 10 1
2 Ohio St. 11-1 1673 won Sugar John Cooper (22 yrs: 178-74-6) 1 3
3 Florida St. 11-2 1574 lost Fiesta Bobby Bowden (33 yrs: 292-85-4) 2 2
4 Arizona 12-1 1535 won Holiday Dick Tomey (22 yrs: 147-98-7) 24 5
5 Florida 10-2 1463 won Orange Steve Spurrier (12 yrs: 113-31-2) 3 7
6 Wisconsin 11-1 1427 won Rose Barry Alvarez (9 yrs: 60-42-4) 20 9
7 Tulane 12-0 1252 won Liberty Tommy Bowden (2 yrs: 19-4-0) NR 10
8 UCLA 10-2 1123 lost Rose Bob Toledo (9 yrs: 54-46-0) 7 6
9 Georgia Tech 10-2 1122 won Gator George O'Leary (4 yrs: 28-21-0) NR 12
10 Kansas St. 11-2 1086 lost Alamo Bill Snyder (10 yrs: 77-39-1) 6 4
11 Texas A&M 11-3 1071 lost Sugar R.C. Slocum (10 yrs: 94-28-2) 14 8
12 Michigan 10-3 1052 won Florida Citrus Lloyd Carr (4 yrs: 39-11-0) 5 15
13 Air Force 12-1 980 won Oahu Fisher DeBerry (15 yrs: 120-64-1) NR 16
14 Georgia 9-3 785 won Peach Jim Donnan (9 yrs: 88-32-0) 19 19
15 Texas 9-3 740 won Cotton Mack Brown (15 yrs: 96-77-1) NR 20
16 Arkansas 9-3 621 lost Florida Citrus Houston Nutt (6 yrs: 44-26-0) NR 11
17 Penn St. 9-3 619 won Outback Joe Paterno (33 yrs: 307-80-3) 13 22
18 Virginia 9-3 544 lost Peach George Welsh (26 yrs: 176-121-4) 16 13
19 Nebraska 9-4 454 lost Holiday Frank Solich (1 yr: 9-4-0) 4 14
20 Miami-FL 9-3 426 won Micron PC Butch Davis (4 yrs: 31-15-0) NR 24
21 Missouri 8-4 335 won Insight.com Larry Smith (22 yrs: 136-111-7) NR 23
22 Notre Dame 9-3 315 lost Gator Bob Davie (2 yrs: 16-9-0) 22 17
23 Virginia Tech 9-3 256 won Music City Frank Beamer (18 yrs: 119-82-4) NR NR
24 Purdue 9-4 236 won Alamo Joe Tiller (8 yrs: 57-37-1) NR NR
25 Syracuse 8-4 161 lost Orange Paul Pasqualoni (13 yrs: 102-43-1) 17 18
Other teams receiving votes: 26. Colorado (8-4, 46 points, won Aloha); 27. Marshall (12-1, 45 pts, won Motor City); 28. Oregon (8-4, 28 pts, lost Aloha); 29. Mississippi St. (8-5, 10 pts, lost Cotton); 30. Miami-OH (10-1, 9 pts, no bowl); 31. West Virginia (8-4, 6 pts, lost Insight.com); 32. Idaho (9-3, 2 pts, won Humanitarian) and TCU (7-5, 2 pts, won Sun); 34. Mississippi (7-5, 1 pt, won Independence) and USC (8-5, 1 pt, lost Sun).

 

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