|1980 NCAA Division I-AA season|
|Number of teams||45|
|Duration||December 13–December 20|
|Championship date||December 20, 1980|
|Championship site||Hughes Stadium,|
|NCAA Division I-AA football seasons|
The 1980 NCAA Division I-AA football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division I-AA level. The third season of I-AA football began in August 1980 and four teams were selected for the postseason, with the national semifinals played on December 13. The 1980 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game was the Camellia Bowl played on December 20 at Hughes Stadium in Sacramento, California.
In a game with multiple lead changes, the Boise State Broncos won their first (and only) I-AA championship, defeating the defending national champion Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 31−29. With less than a minute to play, the Broncos drove eighty yards for the winning touchdown, a 14-yard pass from quarterback Joe Aliotti to tight end Duane Dlouhy with twelve seconds remaining.
|School||1979 Conference||1980 Conference|
|Akron||Mid-Continent (D-II)||Ohio Valley (I-AA)|
|Delaware||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|James Madison||D-III Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Maryland Eastern Shore||MEAC||Dropped Program|
|Nicholls State||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
|Southeastern Louisiana||D-II Independent||I-AA Independent|
Big Sky Conference – Boise State
The bracket consisted of three regional selections (West, East, and South) plus Eastern Kentucky as an at-large selection.
|National Championship Game|
Hughes Stadium—Sacramento, CA
* Denotes host institution