|Conference Independent||1986 record 2–9|
|Head coach Jerry Pettibone (2nd year)|
Home stadium Huskie Stadium (Capacity: 30,998)
The 1986 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football, Division I-A. They were led by second year head coach Jerry Pettibone and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.