1980 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. In its sixth season under head coach Don James, the team compiled a 9–2 record in the regular season and were Pacific-10 Conference champions at 6–1. They returned to the Rose Bowl, but fell to favored for the season Washington outscored its opponents Michigan;    333 to 198.
Both regular season losses were at home at
Husky Stadium. The sole conference loss was to border rival who last defeated the Huskies in Oregon,   1973; it was the first loss for James against a Northwest team. In his eighteen games against the Ducks, James lost only three; the other two were in 1987 and 1988. The Huskies' winning streak over Washington State in the Apple Cup reached seven with another win in it has not been held there since.
Spokane;  
was selected as the team's most valuable player; Flick, Ken Gardner, Rusty Olsen, and Tom Flick Randy Van Divier were the
Date Opponent Rank Site Result Attendance
September 13 Air Force * No. 19 W 50–7 44,999
September 20 Northwestern * No. 16 W 45–7 49,975
September 27 Oregon No. 13 L 10–34 56,282
October 4 at Oklahoma State * W 24–18 48,200
October 11 at Oregon State W 41–6 33,000
October 18 at No. 20 Stanford W 27–24 60,066
October 25 Navy * No. 18 L 10–24 48,841
November 1 Arizona State W 25–0 48,691
November 8 Arizona W 45–22 49,341
November 15 at No. 2 USC W 20–10 55,512
November 22 vs. Washington State No. 16 W 30–23 34,577
January 1 vs. No. 5 Michigan * No. 16 L 6–23 104,863 *Non-conference game Rankings from AP Poll
1980 Washington Huskies football team roster
(C) Team captain
(S) Suspended (I) Ineligible
Five Huskies were selected in the
1981 NFL Draft, which lasted twelve rounds (332 selections).
"Everything comes up roses for the Wolverines". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 1C. January 2, 1981 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qJ1fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yzEMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4359%2C469344
Gerheim, Earl (January 2, 1981). "Huskies turn to mush". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 23 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=R09OAAAAIBAJ&sjid=z-4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=6876%2C596974
Van Sickel, Charlie (January 2, 1981). "Fee-fie-fo-fum, Bo finally wins one". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 21 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=f1tOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SfkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5460%2C671751
"Washington Yearly Results (1980-1984)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus . http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/w/washington/1980-1984_yearly_results.php . Retrieved December 14, 2015.
Withers, Bud (September 28, 1980). "Ducks take a bite from Huskies' bowl". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1B . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VPJVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6eEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6258%2C7720565
"Ogburn runs, passes Ducks to win over Huskies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 8C. September 28, 1980 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hcheAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XDIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4051%2C4905154
"Washington State makes Washington work for it, 30-23". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 4B. November 23, 1980 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=5vhVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9uEDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7000%2C7108028
Van Sickel, Charlie (November 24, 1980). "UW roars from behind". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17 . . https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bGVOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S_kDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4096%2C5987669
Pac-12 Conference football champions Pacific Coast AAWU Pacific-8 Pacific-10 Pac-12 National championships in bold