1987 Florida Gators football team
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.
|1987 Florida Gators football|
|1987 record||6–6 (3–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Galen Hall (4th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Zaven Yaralian (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1987 SEC football standings|
|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|
|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.
|September 5||No. 10 Miami (FL)*||No. 20||TBS||L 4–31||77,224|
|September 12||Tulsa*||W 52–0||72,173|
|September 19||No. 11 Alabama||TBS||W 23–14||75,808|
|September 26||Mississippi State||W 38–3||74,421|
|October 3||No. 7 LSU||No. 19||ESPN||L 10–13||79,313|
|October 10||Cal State Fullerton*||No. 18||W 65–0||72,336|
|October 17||Temple*||No. 14||W 34–3||74,286|
|October 31||No. 6 Auburn||No. 10||ESPN||L 6–29||85,187|
|November 7||No. 10 Georgia||No. 17||TBS||L 10–23||81,975|
|November 14||Kentucky||TBS||W 27–14||73,021|
|November 28||No. 3 Florida State*||CBS||L 14–28||74,613|
|December 25||No. 10 UCLA*||ABC||L 16–20||24,839|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1987 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- 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.