Alabama vs.Georgia Tech

 
  Date: 9/6/1980  
  Score: 26-3  
  Alabama vs. Georgia Tech The Tide opened the 1980 season as defending national champions with a victory over the Jackets 26-3. Billy Jackson scored Bama's first two touchdowns on runs of 15 and 5 yards respectively. Bama scored next on a 39 yard pass play from Donald Jacobs to James Mallard in the second. Alan Gray ended the Tide's scoring for the afternoon on a 4 yard run in the fourth. The 1980 squad finished the season with a record of 10-2 and with a victory in the Cotton Bowl for Coach Bryant.