Things were looking up for Bill Curry and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets entering the 1986 season. The Jackets were coming off a 9-2-1 season that included a win over Michigan State in the All-American Bowl. Curry, who played for the Jackets under Bobby Dodd in the early 1960s, was named ACC Coach of the Year.
But Georgia Tech stumbled to a 5-5-1 record in 1986 and Curry left after the season to take the head coaching job at Alabama. The Jackets wouldn’t return to a bowl game until the 1990 season, but it was big one — their Citrus Bowl win that earned them a share of the national championship with Colorado.