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1981 Bowl Games

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National Champion: Clemson (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

16 Bowl Games

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
1982-01-01 Cotton Bowl Texas 14 Alabama 12 Cotton Bowl (Dallas, TX)
1982-01-01 Fiesta Bowl Penn State 26 Southern California 10 Fiesta Bowl (Tempe, AZ)
1982-01-01 Orange Bowl Clemson 22 Nebraska 15 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
1982-01-01 Rose Bowl Washington 28 Iowa 0 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)
1982-01-01 Sugar Bowl Pittsburgh 24 Georgia 20 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
1981-12-31 Bluebonnet Bowl Michigan 33 UCLA 14 Bluebonnet Bowl (Houston, TX)
1981-12-31 Hall of Fame Classic Mississippi State 10 Kansas 0 Hall of Fame Classic (Birmingham, AL)
1981-12-31 Peach Bowl West Virginia 26 Florida 6 Peach Bowl (Atlanta, GA)
1981-12-30 Liberty Bowl Ohio State 31 Navy 28 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
1981-12-28 Gator Bowl North Carolina 31 Arkansas 27 Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, FL)
1981-12-26 Sun Bowl Oklahoma 40 Houston 14 Sun Bowl (El Paso, TX)
1981-12-19 California Bowl Toledo 27 San Jose State 25 California Bowl (Fresno, CA)
1981-12-19 Tangerine Bowl Missouri 19 Southern Mississippi 17 Tangerine Bowl (Orlando, FL)
1981-12-18 Holiday Bowl Brigham Young 38 Washington State 36 Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA)
1981-12-13 Garden State Bowl Tennessee 28 Wisconsin 21 Garden State Bowl (East Rutherford, NJ)
1981-12-12 Independence Bowl Texas A&M 33 Oklahoma State 16 Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA)