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80 Days till Kickoff: Southwest Conference Champion 1980 Baylor Bears

June 15, 2022
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The 1980 Baylor Bears were Southwestern Conference champions for the fifth time in Baylor history thanks to a 10-2 record and going undefeated in conference play. Coached by Grant Teaff and led by Mike Singletary and the stifling defense, the Bears made it all the way to No. 6 in the rankings and a Cotton Bowl matchup with No. 9 Alabama.

While the Bears would lose the bowl 30-2, the green and gold enjoyed many great win that year. They doubled up Houston 24-12. They won a battle with SMU 32-28. They went into College Station and demolished the Aggies 46-7, before visiting Fort Worth to beat TCU 21-6. A huge 42-15 win over Arkansas set the stage for the beautiful 16-0 shutout of the Texas Longhorns in Waco to end the regular season.

The only blemish on the Bears’ record before the bowl came at the hand of San Jose State. Baylor lost that contest in Waco 30-22.

Aside from All-American, Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy winner, future Super Bowl winner and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, the green and gold sported some other outstanding players. Receivers Robert Holt and Mike Fisher as well as linebacker Doak Field and guard Frank Ditta were taken in the 1981 NFL Draft. One of Baylor’s all-time great running backs, Walter Abercrombie led the offense.

To my knowledge, Baylor has not gone undefeated in conference play since 1980. That team was the first Baylor Football team to reach double-digit wins, and another interesting note: Texas proceeded to not get shut out for another 24 years after the Bears held them scoreless.

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80 Days till Kickoff: Southwest Conference Champion 1980 Baylor Bears

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historian
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"Who needs a quarterback?!"

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Briles

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All that "scandal" amounted to zero days in jail from what Texas Monthky reported for anyone that played for Baylor

The greatest cancel in college football history!

That's when you know you're legit
Johnny Bear
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Per the subject of the thread, I remember that 1980 team well. What a fun, exciting season. Went undefeated in conference play for the only time we've ever done it in the modern era. Along the way curb stomped the aggys in their house 46-7 (and it could've been worse had Teaff not liberally played his bench), curb stomped Arky, and shut out UT for one of the rare times in their football history that an opponent held them scoreless. Had we not blown the non-con game to San Jose State we would've had a shot at a Natty going into the Cotton Bowl game. Fun times.
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“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10:31
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“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I Corinthians 10:31
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