The 1980 NCAA Division III football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division III level, began in August 1980, and concluded with the NCAA Division III Football Championship in December 1980 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama. The Dayton Flyers won their first Division III championship, defeating the defending national champion Ithaca Bombers by a final score of 63−0.[1]

Conference changes and new programs

School 1979 Conference 1980 Conference
James Madison D-III Independent I-AA Independent

Conference standings

1980 College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Centre $ 4 0 1 4 4 1
Rose–Hulman 4 1 0 6 4 0
Sewanee 3 2 0 4 5 0
Southwestern (TN) 2 2 1 5 4 1
Illinois College 1 4 0 3 6 0
Principia 0 5 0 3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Elmhurst + 6 2 0 7 2 0
Illinois Wesleyan + 6 2 0 6 3 0
Augustana (IL) 5 3 0 6 3 0
Carthage 5 3 0 6 3 0
Millikin 5 3 0 6 3 0
North Central (IL) 5 3 0 6 3 0
North Park 2 6 0 3 6 0
Wheaton (IL) 1 7 0 2 7 0
Carroll (WI) 1 7 0 1 8 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1980 Independent College Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Ithaca $^ 3 0 0 12 1 0
Alfred 2 1 0 7 2 1
Hobart 1 2 1 1 7 1
RPI 0 1 1 5 3 1
St. Lawrence 1 3 0 5 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1980 Iowa Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dubuque $^ 6 1 0 8 2 1
Buena Vista 5 2 0 6 3 0
Luther 5 2 0 6 3 0
Central (IA) 5 2 0 5 4 0
Simpson 3 4 0 5 4 0
Upper Iowa 2 5 0 3 6 0
Wartburg 1 6 0 2 7 0
William Penn 1 6 0 3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1980 Metropolitan Intercollegiate Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Pace $ 5 0 0 6 3 0
Iona 3 1 1 6 4 1
Saint Peter's 3 1 1 4 4 1
Marist 2 3 0 2 7 0
St. John's 1 4 0 3 7 0
Brooklyn 0 5 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Adrian $ 5 0 0 9 0 0
Hope 4 1 0 4 5 0
Albion 2 3 0 5 4 0
Olivet 2 3 0 2 6 0
Kalamazoo 1 4 0 3 5 0
Alma 1 4 0 2 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 Middle Atlantic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Northern
Delaware Valley x 7 0 0 7 3 0
Lycoming 6 1 0 9 1 0
Albright 4 3 0 5 4 0
Juniata 4 3 0 4 5 0
Wilkes 3 4 0 3 6 0
Upsala 2 5 0 3 6 1
Susquehanna 2 5 0 2 7 0
Fairleigh Dickinson–Florham 0 7 0 1 8 0
Southern
Widener x^ 8 0 0 11 1 0
Muhlenberg 7 1 0 8 1 0
Franklin & Marshall 6 2 0 7 2 0
Western Maryland 5 3 0 5 4 0
Gettysburg 4 3 1 6 3 1
Moravian 4 4 0 5 4 0
Ursinus 3 4 1 3 5 1
Swarthmore 3 5 0 4 5 0
Dickinson 2 5 1 2 6 1
Lebanon Valley 0 7 1 0 8 1
Johns Hopkins 0 8 0 1 8 0
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1980 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Concordia–Moorhead $ 7 1 0 8 2 0
Gustavus Adolphus 6 2 0 7 3 0
Saint John's (MN) 5 3 0 5 3 0
Hamline 5 3 0 5 4 0
St. Olaf 4 4 0 6 4 0
Augsburg 4 4 0 5 5 0
St. Thomas (MN) 2 5 1 3 6 1
Bethel (MN) 2 6 0 2 8 0
Macalester 0 7 1 1 7 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 New Jersey State Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Trenton State $ 6 0 0 8 1 1
Montclair State 5 1 0 8 2 0
Glassboro State 4 2 0 4 6 0
Ramapo 2 4 0 5 5 0
William Paterson 2 4 0 5 5 0
Kean 2 4 0 4 5 0
Jersey City State 0 6 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 New England Football Conference standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Maine Maritime $ 8 1 0 8 1 0
New Haven 6 2 1 6 3 1
Massachusetts Maritime 6 3 0 6 3 0
Plymouth State 5 3 1 6 3 1
Bridgewater State 5 3 1 5 3 1
Boston State 5 4 0 5 4 0
Framingham State 4 5 0 4 5 0
Nichols 3 5 1 3 5 1
Curry 0 8 1 0 8 1
Western Connecticut State 0 8 1 0 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 Ohio Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Blue Division
Wittenberg xy 6 0 0 8 2 0
Ohio Northern 4 2 0 6 2 1
Capital 4 2 0 6 3 0
Wooster 3 2 1 6 2 1
Denison 2 3 1 4 4 1
Ohio Wesleyan 1 5 0 2 6 1
Muskingum 0 6 0 1 8 0
Red Division
Baldwin–Wallace xy$^ 5 0 0 10 1 0
Mount Union 4 1 0 5 4 0
Otterbein 2 3 0 5 4 0
Heidelberg 2 3 0 3 6 0
Kenyon 1 4 0 3 6 0
Marietta 1 4 0 1 7 1
Not competing for championship
Oberlin     1 8 0
Championship: Baldwin–Wallace 16, Wittenberg 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1980 Old Dominion Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bridgewater $ 4 1 0 6 3 0
Maryville (TN) 3 2 0 5 5 0
Randolph–Macon 3 2 0 4 5 0
Washington and Lee 2 3 0 6 4 0
Hampden–Sydney 2 3 0 3 7 0
Emory & Henry 1 4 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 Presidents' Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Bethany (WV) $^ 7 0 0 9 1 0
Carnegie Mellon 6 1 0 8 1 0
John Carroll 4 3 0 4 5 0
Thiel 4 3 0 4 5 0
Allegheny 3 3 1 3 4 1
Hiram 2 4 1 2 6 1
Washington & Jefferson 1 6 0 2 7 0
Case Western Reserve 0 7 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant
1980 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Redlands $ 5 0 0 6 4 0
Claremont-Mudd 4 1 0 6 3 0
Whittier 3 2 0 5 5 0
Occidental 2 3 0 4 6 0
La Verne 1 4 0 2 8 0
Pomona-Pitzer 0 5 0 0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
1980 Wisconsin State University Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Wisconsin–La Crosse + 6 2 0 8 2 0
Wisconsin–River Falls + 6 2 0 8 2 0
Wisconsin–Whitewater + 6 2 0 8 3 0
Wisconsin–Platteville + 6 2 0 7 3 0
Wisconsin–Stout 5 3 0 6 4 0
Wisconsin–Oshkosh 3 5 0 4 6 0
Wisconsin–Stevens Point 2 6 0 4 6 0
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 2 6 0 3 8 0
Wisconsin–Superior 0 8 0 0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
1980 NCAA Division III independents football records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Dayton ^     14 0 0
Wabash     8 0 1
Hofstra     8 2 0
Wagner ^     8 2 0
DePauw     7 2 1
Salisbury State     7 3 1
Catholic University     6 3 0
Sonoma State     6 4 0
Canisius     5 4 0
Brockport     5 4 1
Buffalo     6 5 0
Albany     5 5 0
Georgetown     4 4 0
San Diego     5 5 0
UCF     4 4 1
Saint Mary's     5 6 0
Duquesne     4 5 0
Frostburg State     4 5 0
Norwich     4 6 0
Rochester (NY)     3 5 1
Cortland     3 7 0
Colorado College     2 7 0
Saint Francis (PA)     2 7 0
Union (NY)     1 7 0
Fordham     0 9 0
  • ^ – NCAA Division III playoff participant

Conference champions

Conference champions

Postseason

The 1980 NCAA Division III Football Championship playoffs were the eighth annual single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division III college football. The championship game was held at Garrett-Harrison Stadium in Phenix City, Alabama for the eighth consecutive year. Like the previous five championships, eight teams competed in this edition.[2]

Playoff bracket

Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
Semifinals
Campus Sites
National Championship Game
Garrett-Harrison Stadium
Phenix City, AL
         
Ithaca 41
Wagner 13
Ithaca 36
Minnesota–Morris 0
Minnesota–Morris 41
Dubuque 35
Ithaca 0
Dayton 63
Dayton 34
Baldwin Wallace 0
Dayton 28
Widener 24
Widener 43
Bethany (WV) 12

See also

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Division III Football Championship Records" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. pp. 4–15. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  2. ^ "1980 NCAA Division III National Football Championship Bracket" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. p. 14. Retrieved November 6, 2014.