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1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Cotton Bowl Classic Champions
Big Ten Co-Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
1986 record10–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachEarle Bruce
MVPCris Carter
CaptainJim Karsatos
CaptainSonny Gordon
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,399)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#8/7 Michigan § 7 1 0     11 2 0
#7/6 Ohio State § 7 1 0     10 3 0
#16/15 Iowa 5 3 0     9 3 0
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     3 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1986-1987. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–3 record, including the 1987 Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, Texas, where they won 28–12 against the Texas A&M Aggies.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
August 27* vs. #5 Alabama #9 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ (Kickoff Classic) L 10–16   68,296
September 13* at #17 Washington #10 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA L 7–40   61,070
September 20* Colorado #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13–10   88,404
September 27* Utah Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 64–6   89,645
October 4 Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 14–0   90,030
October 11 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 24–22   51,641
October 18 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 39–11   68,757
October 25† Minnesota Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 33–0   89,936
November 1 at #11 Iowa #17 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31–10   67,640
November 8 Northwestern #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 30–9   89,808
November 15 at Wisconsin #9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 30–17   62,020
November 22 #6 Michigan #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 24–26   90,674
January 1* vs. #8 Texas A&M #11 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 28–12   74,188
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staffEdit

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (8th year)
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (3rd year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (4th year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (5th year)
  • Chuck Heater - Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Tom Lichtenberg - Quarterbacks/Receivers (1st year)
  • Urban Meyer - Offensive Tight Ends (1st year)
  • Bob Palcic - Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (5th year)
  • Lenny Willis - (2nd year)

1987 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Cris Carter 4 3 Wide Receiver Philadelphia Eagles
Sonny Gordon 6 157 Defensive Back Cincinnati Bengals
Jamie Holland 7 173 Wide Receiver San Diego Chargers
Scott Leach 9 234 Linebacker New Orleans Saints
Jim Karsatos 12 322 Quarterback Miami Dolphins

ReferencesEdit

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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