1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football team
|1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Cotton Bowl champion
|1980 record||10–2 (5–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bear Bryant (23rd year)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium
|1980 SEC football standings|
|#1 Georgia $||6||–||0||–||0||12||–||0||–||0|
|#19 Mississippi State||5||–||1||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
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.
|September 6||1:30 p.m.||Georgia Tech*||No. 2||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 26–3||78,410|
|September 20||1:30 p.m.||at Ole Miss[A 1]*||No. 1||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||W 59–35||50,686|
|September 27||1:30 p.m.||Vanderbilt||No. 1||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 41–0||60,210|
|October 4||1:30 p.m.||Kentucky||No. 1||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 45–0||78,400|
|October 11||12:30 p.m.||at Rutgers*||No. 1||Giants Stadium • East Rutherford, NJ||W 17–13||58,107|
|October 18||2:30 p.m.||at Tennessee||No. 1||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||ABC||W 27–0||96,748|
|October 25||1:30 p.m.||No. 20 Southern Miss*||No. 1||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL||W 42–7||60,210|
|November 1||1:30 p.m.||at Mississippi State||No. 1||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS (Rivalry)||L 3–6||50,891|
|November 8||1:30 p.m.||LSU||No. 6||Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry)||W 28–7||60,210|
|November 15||2:30 p.m.||No. 6 Notre Dame*||No. 5||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||ABC||L 0–7||78,873|
|November 29||1:30 p.m.||vs. Auburn||No. 9||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||W 34–18||78,549|
|January 1, 1981||1:00 p.m.||vs. No. 6 Baylor*||No. 9||Cotton Bowl • Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl)||CBS||W 30–2||74,281|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
- Source: Rolltide.com: 1980 Alabama football schedule
- 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 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.
- 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.
- "1980 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 16, 2015.