1980 NAIA Division I football season
Regular seasonAugust–November 1980
PostseasonDecember 6–20, 1980
National ChampionshipBurlington Memorial Stadium
Burlington, NC
ChampionsElon

The 1980 NAIA Division I football season was the 25th season of college football sponsored by the NAIA, was the 11th season of play of the NAIA's top division for football.

The season was played from August to November 1980 and culminated in the 1980 NAIA Division I Champion Bowl. The title game was played on December 20, 1980 at Burlington Memorial Stadium in Burlington, North Carolina, near the campus of Elon College.[1]

Elon defeated Northeastern State in the Champion Bowl, 17–10, to win their first NAIA national title.[2]

Conference standings

1980 Central States Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Kearney State $^ 6 0 1     9 2 1
Pittsburg State 5 2 0     7 3 0
Missouri Southern 4 3 0     6 3 1
Fort Hays State 3 2 2     4 4 2
Missouri Western 3 3 1     5 3 2
Wayne State (NE) 3 4 0     4 5 0
Emporia State 1 6 0     2 8 0
Washburn 1 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1980 Evergreen Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Oregon + 4 1 0     8 1 0
Oregon Tech + 4 1 0     7 2 0
Oregon College + 4 1 0     6 3 0
Southern Oregon 2 3 0     3 7 0
Central Washington 1 4 0     2 7 0
Western Washington 0 5 0     2 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1980 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Hillsdale $ 5 1 0     7 4 0
Northwood 4 2 0     6 2 1
Grand Valley State 4 2 0     7 3 0
Wayne State (MI) 3 3 0     5 4 0
Ferris State 2 3 1     4 4 2
Saginaw Valley State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Michigan Tech 0 5 1     2 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
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 2 1
Texas A&I 5 2 0     7 4 0
East Texas State ^ 4 2 1     8 3 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
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1980 Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Northeastern State +^ 3 1 0     11 2 0
East Central + 3 1 0     7 3 0
SW Oklahoma State + 3 1 0     7 4 0
SE Oklahoma State 1 3 0     3 7 0
NW Oklahoma State 0 4 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant
1980 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Southern Colorado + 7 1 0     8 1 0
Adams State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
Southern Utah 6 2 0     6 3 0
Western State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Colorado Mines 3 5 0     4 5 0
New Mexico Highlands 3 5 0     4 6 0
Mesa State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Fort Lewis 2 6 0     2 7 0
Western New Mexico 0 8 0     1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1980 South Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Elon +^ 6 1 0     13 1 0
Mars Hill +^ 6 1 0     8 2 1
Carson–Newman 5 2 0     7 3 0
Presbyterian 3 4 0     4 6 0
Lenoir–Rhyne 3 4 0     4 7 0
Newberry 3 4 0     3 6 0
Gardner–Webb 2 5 0     3 7 0
Catawba 0 7 0     1 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – NAIA Division I playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference Champion Record
Arkansas Intercollegiate Central Arkansas 6–0
Central States Kearney State 6–0–1
Evergreen Eastern Oregon
Oregon Tech
4–1
Great Lakes Hillsdale 5–1
NIC Minnesota–Duluth 8–0
Oklahoma East Central State
Northeastern State
Southwestern Oklahoma State
3–1
RMAC Adams State
Southern Colorado
7–1
South Atlantic Elon
Mars Hill
6–1
Lone Star Southwest Texas State 6–1
WVIAC North: Shepherd and Fairmont State
South: Concord (WV)
6–2–1
9–0
WSUC Wisconsin–La Crosse
Wisconsin–River Falls
6–2
6–2

Postseason

Quarterfinals
December 6, 1980
Campus sites
Semifinals
December 13, 1980
Campus sites
1980 Champion Bowl
December 20, 1980
Burlington, NC
         
Elon 17
Concord* 14
Elon 14
East Texas State* 6
East Texas State 27
Central Arkansas* 21
Elon* 17
Northeastern State 10
Kearney State 9*
Mars Hill* 6
Kearney State 0
Northeastern State* 14
Angelo State 3
Northeastern State* 10

See also

References

  1. ^ "NAIA Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. pp. 4–11. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2015. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "1980 Division I NAIA Football Playoffs". JonFMorse.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015.