|1980 NAIA Division I football season|
|Regular season||August–November 1980|
|Postseason||December 6–20, 1980|
|National Championship||Burlington Memorial Stadium|
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.
Elon defeated Northeastern State in the Champion Bowl, 17–10, to win their first NAIA national title.
|Arkansas Intercollegiate||Central Arkansas||6–0|
|Central States||Kearney State||6–0–1|
|Oklahoma||East Central State
Southwestern Oklahoma State
|Lone Star||Southwest Texas State||6–1|
|WVIAC||North: Shepherd and Fairmont State
South: Concord (WV)
December 6, 1980
December 13, 1980
|1980 Champion Bowl|
December 20, 1980
|East Texas State*||6|
|East Texas State||27|