1980 NCAA Division II football season
|1980 NCAA Division II football season|
|Regular season||August – November 1980|
|National Championship||Zia Bowl
|Division II football season
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.
Conference changes and new programs
- Three Division II programs upgraded to Division I-AA prior to the season.
- The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference reclassified as a Division II conference; all 14 members made the transition.
|School||1979 Conference||1980 Conference|
|Delaware||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Nicholls State||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Southeastern Louisiana||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
Association of Mid-Continent Universities – Eastern Illinois
|1980 NCAA Division II National
Football Championship playoffs
|Finals Site||University Stadium
|Champions||Cal Poly–SLO (1st title)|
|Runner-Up||Eastern Illinois (2nd championship game)|
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.
- "1980 NCAA Division II National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 13. Retrieved January 4, 2014.