Episodes

The Hidden Yardage podcast relives the 1980 college football season one week at a time through the memories of those that played, coached, and covered it. It combines storytelling and interviews to recapture the wild moments and personalities of one of the sport’s greatest seasons.

From scandals and shocking upsets to rivalries and record-setting performances, the 1980 season had everything we love about college football, and the Hidden Yardage podcast is my love letter to it.

1980's top teams jockey for position and a shot at the title as bowl bids are handed out. The sport's two pre-eminent programs do battle at Legion Field as Notre Dame and Alabama meet with the Sugar Bowl on the line. Meanwhile the USC Trojans, suspended from postseason play, look to spoil the party and...
After a chaotic week that saw four top ten teams fall victim to an upset, college football's new number one, Notre Dame, tries to avoid a trap game in Atlanta. Resurgent Florida seeks its first ever SEC championship as it takes on Georgia in Jacksonville where the two teams combine for one of the wildest...
Undefeated and top-ranked Alabama looks to roll to a 23rd straight victory over Mississippi State in Jackson but the Bulldogs and their coach have a plan to change history. The nation tunes in for a legendary showdown between freshman Herschel Walker and senior George Rogers. Both will have huge days on the ground but a...
The 1980 college football season wraps up its second month with Alabama still looking like the team to beat. The top-ranked Tide welcome Southern Miss to Tuscaloosa where Bear Bryant hasn't lost in nearly two decades. In Texas, the number two Longhorns figure to keep their winning streak going against SMU but a freshman quarterback...
College offenses are taking to the air as Illinois and Purdue combine for the greatest passing day in Big Ten history. Jim McMahon and the BYU Cougars continue their assault on the record books when their aerial circus invades Logan, Utah for a game against the Utah State Aggies. The Pitt Panthers look to take...
The largest crowd in Florida State history awaits an encore from the Seminoles as they take on their second straight top-five opponent. This time they host the Pitt Panthers, the Beast of the East, and their star defender Hugh Green in a battle of top-ranked independents. Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide look for some...
The Florida State Seminoles take on third-ranked Nebraska in Lincoln with a walk-on center and big, bad Ron Simmons. Ohio State defends The Horseshoe against a revenge-minded UCLA Bruins team with nothing to lose while Penn State goes to Columbia, Missouri and comes away with a win and a quarterback. Plus, Colorado is on the...
The oldest rivalry in college football plays its final chapter 111 years after giving birth to the game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers make a trip to Happy Valley for their biggest test of the season against an unbeaten Penn State team looking for revenge. Michigan once again finds itself in a close contest that is decided...
Alabama reclaims its top spot in the polls after Ohio State’s close call with Syracuse. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame look for their second big win of the season when the Michigan Wolverines come calling and it’s a battle of USC’s as South Carolina and George Rogers invade Los Angeles to take on Ronnie...
After losing the 1979 National Championship by a single point, the number-one ranked Ohio State Buckeyes open their 1980 season against the Syracuse Orangemen in the Horseshoe. In Pittsburgh, Jackie Sherrill and the Panthers uncage one the most talented defenses of all time to feast on Boston College while Lawrence Taylor and the fifteenth-ranked UNC...