1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Cotton Bowl Champions
Cotton Bowl, W 30–2 vs. Baylor
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #6
AP #6
1980 record 10–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach Bear Bryant
Captain Major Ogilvie
Captain Randy Scott
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 60,210)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,808)
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Georgia $ 6 0 0     12 0 0
#6 Alabama 5 1 0     10 2 0
#19 Mississippi State 5 1 0     9 3 0
Florida 4 2 0     8 4 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     3 8 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 8 0
Auburn 0 6 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 86th overall and 47th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 23rd year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 5–1 in the SEC) and with a victory over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

A 6–3 loss to Mississippi State ended Alabama's school record 28-game winning streak and all-time SEC record 27-game conference winning streak, and was Alabama's first loss to Mississippi State since 1957. It also cost the Tide a share of the SEC championship, the first time since 1976 they failed to win the SEC. Despite surrendering 35 points to Ole Miss, the Alabama defense still allowed only 98 points for the entire season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 1:30 PM Georgia Tech* #2 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 26–3   78,410
September 20 1:30 PM at Ole Miss[A 1]* #1 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS (Rivalry) W 59–35   50,686
September 27 1:30 PM Vanderbilt #1 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL W 41–0   60,210
October 4 1:30 PM Kentucky #1 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL W 45–0   78,400
October 11 12:30 PM at Rutgers* #1 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, NJ W 17–13   58,107
October 18 2:30 PM at Tennessee #1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) ABC W 27–0   96,748
October 25 1:30 PM #20 Southern Miss*dagger #1 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL W 42–7   60,210
November 1 1:30 PM at Mississippi State #1 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry) L 3–6   50,891
November 8 1:30 PM LSU #6 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 28–7   60,210
November 15 2:30 PM #6 Notre Dame* #5 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL ABC L 0–7   78,873
November 29 1:30 PM vs. Auburn #9 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) W 34–18   78,549
January 1, 1981 1:00 PM vs. #6 Baylor* #9 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl) CBS W 30–2   74,281
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1980 Alabama football schedule[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Prior to the 1980 season, the SEC ruled if two SEC teams scheduled each another independently, and not through the conference office, the game would not count not count in SEC standings. As such, although both were members of the SEC, the Alabama–Ole Miss games in 1980 and 1981 did not count as conference games in the official SEC standings.[1]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ McNair, Kirk (February 7, 2006). "SEC football - With the death late last week of legendary Mississippi Football Coach John Vaught, the question was raised as to why Alabama and Coach Paul Bryant had so few meetings against the Rebels and Vaught". 'BamaMag (Scout.com). Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1980 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 16, 2015.