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List of NCAA Division I-A Football Seasons (1980s) (Cinco De Mayo)

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The following details NCAA Division I football seasons from 1980-1989.

1980-81

Season Overview

Pittsburgh defensive end Hugh Green won the Heisman, becoming the first and until 2012 only defensive player to win the award.

Bowl Results

  • Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan 23, #8 Washington 6
  • Holiday Bowl: #4 Nebraska 31, #6 Ohio State 19
  • American Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh 37, #3 Notre Dame 10

Final Polls

  1. Pittsburgh Panthers
  2. Michigan Wolverines
  3. Nebraska Cornhuskers
  4. Penn State Nittany Lions
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

1981-82

Season Overview

USC running back Marcus Allen won the Heisman Trophy. Pitt quarterback Dan Marino won the __ Award as the best quarterback in the country and finished second to Allen in the Heisman voting.

Bowl Results

  • Rose Bowl: Washington 28, Iowa 0
  • Holiday Bowl: #1 Penn State 26, #2 Nebraska 24
  • American Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh 24, Southern California 10

Final Polls

  1. Penn State Nittany Lions
  2. Pittsburgh Panthers

1982-83

Season Overview

Bowl Results

  • Rose Bowl: #3 UCLA 24, Michigan 14
  • Holiday Bowl: #1 Penn State 27, #2 Nebraska 21
  • American Bowl: #5 Washington 21, #4 Pittsburgh 3

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