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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.[2]

1987 Florida Gators football
Aloha Bowl, L 16–20 vs. UCLA
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1987 record6–6 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachGalen Hall (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorZaven Yaralian (2nd season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Auburn $ 5 0 1     9 1 2
No. 5 LSU 5 1 0     10 1 1
No. 14 Tennessee 4 1 1     10 2 1
No. 13 Georgia 4 2 0     9 3 0
Alabama 4 2 0     7 5 0
Florida 3 3 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     5 6 0
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 7 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     3 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

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. This was the last year until 2017 that Florida opened the season away from Gainesville.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5No. 10 Miami (FL)*No. 20TBSL 4–3177,224
September 12Tulsa*W 52–072,173
September 19No. 11 AlabamaTBSW 23–1475,808
September 26Mississippi State
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 38–374,421
October 3No. 7 LSUNo. 19ESPNL 10–1379,313
October 10Cal State Fullerton*No. 18
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 65–072,336
October 17Temple* No. 14
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 34–374,286
October 31No. 6 AuburnNo. 10ESPNL 6–2985,187
November 7No. 10 GeorgiaNo. 17TBSL 10–2381,975
November 14Kentucky
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
TBSW 27–1473,021
November 28No. 3 Florida State*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
CBSL 14–2874,613
December 25No. 10 UCLA*ABCL 16–2024,839
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1987 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.