1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1986 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Sun Bowl Champions
|1986 record||10–3 (4–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ray Perkins|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1986 SEC football standings|
|#10 LSU †||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||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 and lost out on an SEC championship after losses to LSU and Auburn. 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.
|August 27||vs. #9 Ohio State*||#5||Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic)||W 16–10||68,296|
|September 6||Vanderbilt||#5||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 42–10||58,168|
|September 13||Southern Miss*||#4||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 31–17||73,687|
|September 20||at #13 Florida||#4||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 21–7||74,685|
|October 4||Notre Dame*||#2||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 28–10||75,808|
|October 11||Memphis State*||#2||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 37–0||60,210|
|October 18||at Tennessee||#2||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, 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 Field • Starkville, 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 Stadium • El Paso, TX (Sun Bowl)||W 28–6||48,722|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 1986 Season
- "1986 Game Recaps" (PDF). 1987 Alabama Football Media Guide. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: UA Athletics Media Relations Office. 1987. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Looney, Douglas S. (November 3, 1986). "A midseason run for respect". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- 1986 Game Recaps, Game No. 10
- 1986 Game Recaps, Game No. 12
- Maisel, Ivan (October 27, 1986). "Vol-in tears". Sports Illustrated (SI.com). Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- Wheat, Jack (December 31, 1986). "Perkins takes Tampa Bay coaching job". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News). p. 1. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "All-time Football Results: 1986 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 21, 2012.