1987 Florida Gators football team
|1987 Florida Gators football|
|1987 record||6–6 (3–3 6th SEC)|
|Head coach||Galen Hall|
|Defensive coordinator||Zaven Yaralian|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1987 SEC football standings|
|#7 Auburn $||5||–||0||–||1||9||–||1||–||2|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1987 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Hall's 1987 Florida Gators posted a 6–6 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, placing sixth among ten SEC teams.
The season was the debut of freshman running back Emmitt Smith. Smith went on to break the 1,000-yard barrier in the seventh game of his freshman season, the fastest any running back had ever broken that barrier to begin his college career, and was named SEC and national freshman of the year.
Schedule and results
|9–5–1987||No. 10 Miami*||No. 20||Orange Bowl Stadium • Miami, FL||TBS||L 4–31||77,224|
|9–12–1987||Tulsa*||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 52–0||72,173|
|9–19–1987||No. 11 Alabama||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||TBS||W 23–14||75,808|
|9–26–1987||Mississippi State||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 38–3||74,421|
|10–3–1987||No. 7 Louisiana State||No. 19||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA||ESPN||L 10–13||79,313|
|10–10–1987||Cal State Fullerton*||No. 18||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 65–0||72,336|
|10–17–1987||Temple*||No. 14||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (HC)||W 34–3||74,286|
|10–31–1987||No. 6 Auburn||No. 10||Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPN||L 6–29||85,187|
|11–7–1987||No. 10 Georgia||No. 17||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, FL||TBS||L 10–23||81,975|
|11–14–1987||Kentucky||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||W 27–14||73,021|
|11–28–1987||No. 3 Florida State*||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL||CBS||L 14–28||74,613|
|12–25–1987||No. 10 UCLA*||Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HI (Aloha Bowl)||ABC||L 16–20||24,839|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.