1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Cotton Bowl champion
Cotton Bowl, W 30–2 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1980 record10–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach
Captains
  • Major Ogilvie
  • Randy Scott
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 60,210)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,808)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Georgia $ 6 0 0 12 0 0
No. 19 Mississippi State 5 1 0 9 3 0
No. 6 Alabama 5 1 0 10 2 0
LSU 4 2 0 7 4 0
Florida 4 2 0 8 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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 61:30 p.m.Georgia Tech*No. 2W 26–378,410[1]
September 201:30 p.m.at Ole Miss[A 1]*No. 1W 59–3550,686[3]
September 271:30 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 1ESPNW 41–060,210[4]
October 41:30 p.m.KentuckyNo. 1
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ESPNW 45–078,400[5]
October 1112:30 p.m.at Rutgers*No. 1ESPNW 17–1358,107[6]
October 182:30 p.m.at TennesseeNo. 1ABCW 27–096,748[7]
October 251:30 p.m.No. 20 Southern Miss*daggerNo. 1
  • Bryant–Denny Stadium
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
ESPNW 42–760,210[8]
November 11:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 1ESPNL 3–650,891[9]
November 81:30 p.m.LSUNo. 6ESPNW 28–760,210[10]
November 152:30 p.m.No. 6 Notre Dame*No. 5
  • Legion Field
  • Birmingham, AL
ABCL 0–778,873[11]
November 291:30 p.m.vs. AuburnNo. 9
W 34–1878,549[12]
January 1, 19811:00 p.m.vs. No. 6 Baylor*No. 9CBSW 30–274,281[13]

Roster

1980 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OG 62 Scott Allison Sr
RB 33 Billy Jackson Sr
QB 5 Don Jacobs Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 90 Tom Boyd Jr
DT 47 Byron Braggs Sr
DT 98 Jackie Cline So
DB 9 Jim Bob Harris Jr
LB 39 E.J. Junior Sr
DB 23 Benny Perrin Jr
DE 81 Mike Pitts So
LB 50 Randy Scott Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Notes

  1. ^ Prior to the 1980 season, the SEC ruled if two SEC teams scheduled each other 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.[2]

References

General

  • "1980 Season Recaps" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  • "2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book" (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2015.

Specific

  1. ^ "Jackets can't stem Tide, 26–3". The Atlanta Constitution. September 7, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "59–35, Ole Miss had 500 yards, but Bama had 524 and its 23rd win in a row". The Clarion-Ledger. September 21, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "VU's improved, but Bama romps". The Tennessean. September 28, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Win No. 300 sweet for Bear, sour for Curci". The Lexington Herald-Leader. October 5, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Alabama survives RU scare, 17–13". The Daily Home News. October 12, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Bama 'waltzes' past Tennessee". The Montgomery Advertiser. October 19, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Errors allow Tide to roll". Hattiesburg American. October 26, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Mississippi State stuns Alabama". The Montgomery Advertiser. November 2, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "'Relentless' Tide covers LSU, 28–7". The Shreveport Times. November 9, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Hot Irish defense stops Alabama cold". Chicago Tribune. November 16, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Unlikely heroes lead Bama win". The Montgomery Advertiser. November 30, 1980. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Tide in somber mood after Baylor blast". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 2, 1981. Retrieved February 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "1980 Alabama football archives". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 19, 2021.