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Can you solve these 'Jeopardy!' clues about college football?

  • Can you solve these 'Jeopardy!' clues about college football?

    Each fall, Americans get pumped up for the beginning of two classic traditions—a new “Jeopardy!” season and college football. Stacker combines both of those loves in this quiz filled with 25 “Jeopardy!” clues about college football. Clues and answers were pulled from J-Archive, the "Jeopardy!" database (as of Oct. 2020). Each “clue” slide includes the clue, category, value, and date the episode aired, while each “answer” slide provides the correct response in standard “Jeopardy!” format (a question).

    We run the gamut in this quiz, from bowl games to rivalries. Relive moments like the “Kick Six” play that altered the 2013 championship race, the halcyon days of Ivy League football, and the history of Southern California’s most storied sports facility. We even include a little trash talk between two rivals from the Sunshine State, the stadium named after an oil magnate, and the quarterback whose family made their fortune with black gold.

    This has been a strange year for college football, with some programs canceling their seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic, and other conferences delaying their seasons out of precaution—in October, Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19. Some stadiums are going empty, while others allow a limited amount of fans. The sounds of marching bands and screaming cheerleaders are still present, but the atmosphere that makes college football special feels absent on many campuses this fall. Stacker does its best to re-create some of the pigskin vibes with this slideshow, which is sure to please whether you’re a fan of the Seminoles or pull for the red and white of the Cornhuskers.

    Paint your face, grab a lucky charm, and click through to see if your alma mater or favorite college football player is on this list, and be sure to check out other Stacker quizzes like “Jeopardy!” questions about sports.

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  • Clue #1

    - Clue: Each fall Alabama and this SEC football archrival meet in "The Iron Bowl"
    - Category: "A" IS FOR AUTUMN
    - Value: $400
    - Date episode aired: Sept. 24, 2020

  • Answer #1: What is Auburn?

    Auburn and Alabama have been playing each other since 1893. Many believe Auburn coach Ralph Jordan coined the phrase “Iron Bowl” in 1964. The rivalry game has provided classic gridiron moments, like when Auburn ran back a missed field goal for a touchdown as time expired to win the 2013 encounter.

  • Clue #2

    - Clue: This eight-team college football league has Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! (and Quakers, too)
    - Category: YOUR HUDDLED MASSES
    - Value: $200
    - Date episode aired: May 2, 2018

  • Answer #2: What is the Ivy League?

    Before the SEC, Big Ten, and Big 12 took over college football, the Ivy League was the sport’s preeminent conference. The previous clue references Columbia, Princeton, Brown, and Pennsylvania, football teams that have included legendary players like Hall of Famer Sid Luckman, Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, and John Heisman—namesake of the Heisman Trophy.

  • Clue #3

    - Clue: This ol' ball coach at Florida and South Carolina said, "You know what FSU stands for...Free Shoes University"
    - Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
    - Value: $1000
    - Date episode aired: Feb. 2, 2016

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  • Answer #3: Who is Steve Spurrier?

    Steve Spurrier angered his rivals at Florida State by alleging players received improper benefits like free shoes. Spurrier alleged coaches associated with FSU’s program previously called his Florida team “Probation U.,” referencing wrongdoings by Gators players. The animosity produced one of the best rivalries of the 1990s, with the schools combining for three national titles.

  • Clue #4

    - Clue: This Trojans home field is known as "The Grand Old Lady"
    - Category: $400
    - Value: COLLEGE FOOTBALL STADIUM NICKNAMES
    - Date episode aired: Sept. 30, 2014

  • Answer #4: What is the Coliseum?

    Since 1923, USC football has played its home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The facility hosted events for the 1932 Olympics and is scheduled to be a main site for the 2028 Summer Games. Many films have been shot inside the Coliseum, like the Chris Tucker movie “Money Talks.

  • Clue #5

    - Clue: Awarded since 1972 in 2015 the Commander-in-Chief's trophy was won by this Maryland school
    - Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY
    - Value: $600
    - Date episode aired: Jan. 17, 2017

  • Answer #5: What is the Naval Academy?

    Navy competes with Air Force and Army for the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. Air Force leads the trio with 20 wins, while Navy has 16.

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