1980 NCAA Division II football season

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The 1980 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began in August 1980, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship in December 1980 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM. During the game's two-year stretch in New Mexico, it was referred to as the Zia Bowl. The Cal Poly Mustangs defeated the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 21–13, to win their first Division II national title.[1]

Conference standings[edit]

1980 Lone Star Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southwest Texas State 6 1 0     8 3 0
Angelo State 5 1 1     8 1 1
Texas A&I 5 2 0     7 4 0
East Texas State 4 2 1     7 2 1
Stephen F. Austin 4 3 0     4 6 0
Sam Houston State 2 5 0     3 7 0
Abilene Christian 1 6 0     2 8 0
Howard Payne 0 7 0     1 8 1
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


1980 Mid-Continent football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Illinois ^ 4 0 0     7 4 0
Northern Michigan 3 1 0     9 2 0
Northern Iowa 2 2 0     7 4 0
Youngstown State 1 3 0     2 8 1
Western Illinois 0 4 0     4 6 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant
Rankings from AP Poll
1980 Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Missouri-Rolla 6 0 0     10 0 0
SW Missouri State 5 1 0     6 5 0
Central Missouri State 3 3 0     6 3 1
NE Missouri State 3 3 0     5 6 0
SE Missouri State 3 3 0     4 7 0
NW Missouri State 1 5 0     2 8 0
Lincoln (MO) 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
^ – Division II playoff participant


Conference summaries[edit]

Conference Champions

Association of Mid-Continent Universities – Eastern Illinois
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – North Carolina Central
Far Western Football Conference – UC Davis
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Hillsdale
Gulf South Conference – North Alabama
Lone Star Conference – Southwest Texas State
Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association – Missouri–Rolla
North Central Conference – Northern Colorado
Northern Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota–Duluth
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – Clarion
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Adams State and CSU Pueblo
South Atlantic Conference – Elon and Mars Hill
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Alabama A&M

Postseason[edit]

1980 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
Teams 8
Finals Site University Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
Champions Cal Poly–SLO (1st title)
Runner-Up Eastern Illinois (2nd championship game)
Semifinalists North Alabama
Santa Clara

The 1980 NCAA Division II Football Championship playoffs were the eighth single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division II college football. The championship game was held at University Stadium in Albuquerque, NM for the second, and final, time.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  First round
Campus sites
Semifinals
Campus sites
Championship
University Stadium
Albuquerque, NM
                           
   Eastern Illinois 21  
 Northern Colorado 14  
   Eastern Illinois 56  
   North Alabama 31  
 North Alabama 17
   Virginia Union 8  
     Eastern Illinois 13
   Cal Poly–SLO 21
   Santa Clara 27  
 Northern Michigan 26  
   Santa Clara 14
   Cal Poly–SLO 38  
 Cal Poly–SLO 15
   Jacksonville State 0  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket". NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.