1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 28–6 vs. Washington
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
1986 record 10–3 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Ray Perkins
Captain Mike Shula
Captain Cornelius Bennett
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Seasons
« 1985 1987 »
1986 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
#6 Auburn 4 2 0     10 2 0
#9 Alabama 4 2 0     10 3 0
Georgia 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     8 3 1
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Florida 2 4 0     6 5 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     5 5 1
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 94th overall and 53rd season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Ray Perkins, in his fourth year, and played their home games at both Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and three losses (10–3 overall, 4–2 in the SEC) and with a victory in the Sun Bowl over Washington.

After opening the season with a victory over Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic, the Crimson Tide would win their first 7 games and eventually rise to as high as #2 in the rankings but lost to eventual national champion Penn State[1] and lost out on an SEC championship after losses to LSU[2] and Auburn.[3] Highlights of the season included their first ever victory over Notre Dame and a 56–28 victory over Tennessee that snapped a four-game losing streak to the Vols.[4]

After the season, Ray Perkins resigned on December 31, 1986, to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
August 27 vs. #9 Ohio State* #5 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) W 16–10   68,296
September 6 Vanderbilt #5 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 42–10   58,168
September 13 Southern Miss* #4 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 31–17   73,687
September 20 at #13 Florida #4 Florida FieldGainesville, FL W 21–7   74,685
October 4 Notre Dame* #2 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 28–10   75,808
October 11 Memphis State*dagger #2 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 37–0   60,210
October 18 at Tennessee #2 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 56–28   95,116
October 25 #6 Penn State* #2 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) L 3–23   60,210
November 1 at #19 Mississippi State #8 Scott FieldStarkville, MS (Rivalry) W 38–3   42,700
November 8 #18 LSU #6 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Rivalry) L 10–14   75,808
November 15 Temple* #11 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 24–14   60,210
November 29 vs. #14 Auburn #7 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 17–21   75,808
December 25 vs. #12 Washington* #13 Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) W 28–6   48,722
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1986 Season[6]

References[edit]

General

  • "1986 Game Recaps" (PDF). 1987 Alabama Football Media Guide. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: UA Athletics Media Relations Office. 1987. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 

Specific

  1. ^ Looney, Douglas S. (November 3, 1986). "A midseason run for respect". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ 1986 Game Recaps, Game No. 10
  3. ^ 1986 Game Recaps, Game No. 12
  4. ^ Maisel, Ivan (October 27, 1986). "Vol-in tears". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wheat, Jack (December 31, 1986). "Perkins takes Tampa Bay coaching job". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News). p. 1. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "All-time Football Results: 1986 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 21, 2012.