The Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos were once one of the most powerful teams in college football. However, shortly after winning consecutive national championships, violations resulted in the program having to forfeit several years' worth of victories.
The new coaching staff, led by Ed Gennero (Elizondo), has nothing to assist them in building the team, forcing them to hold tryouts. Also, Dean Elias (Miller) wants the team to fail so he can scrap it. However, they discover some talent and struggle to find a way to victory.
Trivia: The convict football team is made up of several real NFL stars, including Dick Butkus, Jim Kelly, and Jerry Rice