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

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October 30, 2020
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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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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Clue #6

- Clue: Secretary of State 2005–2009, she was named to the college football playoff selection committee in 2013
- Category: FAMOUS AMERICAN WOMEN
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: July 9, 2019

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Answer #6: Who is Condoleezza Rice?

After leaving Washington D.C., Condoleezza Rice settled into academia at Stanford University. Earlier this year, Stanford announced that Rice will lead the school’s Hoover Institution. Former coaches and players like R.C. Slocum and Ronnie Lott have also served on the college football playoff selection committee.

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Clue #7

- Clue: Last name of college football legend Bobby, whose sons Jeff, Terry, and Tommy have followed him into coaching
- Category: BALL IN THE FAMILY
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: June 5, 2018

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Answer #7: Who is Bowden?

Bobby Bowden won two national titles at Florida State, and at one point led college football in career coaching wins. His sons served as assistants at FSU, but also led programs at Akron and Clemson. Bowden, who turns 91 in November 2020, was released from the hospital in October after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Clue #8

- Clue: This Big Ten team's stadium is called "the Horseshoe" because, well, it looks like a horseshoe
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL STADIUM NICKNAMES
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: Sept. 28, 2016

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Answer #8: What is Ohio State?

Ohio Stadium seats over 100,000, and opened in 1922. During the early years of Major League Soccer, the Columbus Crew played home games at The Horseshoe.

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Clue #9

- Clue: This school's football team is called the Black Knights
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: Feb. 14, 2014

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Answer #9: What is Army?

Army officially began using Black Knights in 1999, but rumors have swirled that they could seek a name change. Army plays home games at Michie Stadium, which is often cited as one of the nation’s best sports venues due to its scenic location near the Hudson River.

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Clue #10

- Clue: Boone Pickens Stadium
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL STADIUMS
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: Nov. 24, 2011

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Answer #10: What is Oklahoma State University?

T. Boone Pickens amassed a fortune in business and donated much of his wealth to his alma mater, Oklahoma State. The football stadium was renamed in 2003, and now holds over 55,000 fans.

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Clue #11

- Clue: An award given for the best running back in college football is named for this 1948 Heisman winner from SMU
- Category: HEISMAN WINNERS
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: May 4, 2009

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Answer #11: Who is Doak Walker?

In his short six year NFL career, Doak Walker was named to four All-Pro teams and won two championships. Eddie George, Ricky Williams, and Derrick Henry are all winners of the Walker Award.

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Clue #12

- Clue: Tom Osborne won 255 games at this university and three elections to Congress from the state (you win 255 games and you'll get elected, too)
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHES
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: March 27, 2014

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Answer #12: What is (University of) Nebraska?

Tom Osbourne won three national titles with the Cornhuskers, aided by star player Tommie Frazier. Osborne unsuccessfully ran for governor of Nebraska in 2006.

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Clue #13

- Clue: In college football, "The Play" is the one on which Cal beat Stanford with five of these sideways passes
- Category: ODD ENDS
- Value: $1600
- Date episode aired: Feb. 12, 2013

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Answer #13: What is a lateral?

With “The Play,” Cal beat Stanford 25-20 in 1982, in the annual rivalry game known as “The Big Game.” Stanford was led by John Elway, who went on to win two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

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Clue #14

- Clue: The BCS, created to pit the top teams in the nation against each other, stands for this
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: June 30, 2008

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Answer #14: What is the Bowl Championship Series?

The BCS lasted from 1998–2013; Tennessee won the first BCS Championship Game over Florida State. The Seminoles won the last BCS title game, held at the Rose Bowl, defeating Auburn, 34-31.

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Clue #15

- Clue: In 1869 this state's Rutgers beat Princeton in the first college game
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: May 13, 2008

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Answer #15: What is New Jersey?

Rutgers topped Princeton in the first college football game 6-4 (the game’s rules resembled soccer more than modern day football). The teams met later that year, with Princeton gaining revenge with an 8-0 victory.

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Clue #16

- Clue: In 2011 this man III ran and passed for nearly 5,000 yards for Baylor
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: Feb. 2, 2016

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Answer #16: Who is Robert Griffin III?

Griffin III, known as RG3, won the 2011 Heisman Trophy. After being drafted by the Washington Football Team, Griffin now plays as a backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Clue #17

- Clue: In 1998 football fans debated who was the NCAA's best QB: Peyton Manning or this WSU Cougar; their pro careers went opposite ways
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AFTER THE GAME
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Jan. 8, 2020

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Answer #17: Who is Ryan Leaf?

Manning went first overall in the draft to the Indianapolis Colts, while Leaf was taken second by the San Diego Chargers. Manning won two Super Bowls, while Leaf was out of the NFL by 2002. After battling drug addiction, Leaf has spoken openly about his rocky past and recovery.

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Clue #18

- Clue: He played college football stars L'Carpetron Dookmarriot and Bismo Funyuns on TV and won an Oscar for writing "Get Out"
- Category: TV OR NOT TV
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: Oct. 2, 2019

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Answer #18: Who is Jordan Peele?

Peele produced a classic sketch with comedy cohort Keegan-Michael Key for their show on Comedy Central, where they imitated football player introductions that are standard at the beginning of many televised games. Key, who attended football powerhouse Penn State, imitated coach James Franklin at a 2018 visit to the school.

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Clue #19

- Clue: With the addition of Nebraska in 2011, this conference had 12 teams but no name change
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: Sept. 12, 2016

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Answer #19: What is the Big Ten?

The Big Ten now has 14 teams (adding Maryland and Rutgers). In a twist, the Big 12 Conference has 10 teams, although a numerical name change isn’t likely.

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Clue #20

- Clue: Kyle Field, where the Aggies play football, "is the home of" this numerical symbolic fella
- Category: NUMERICAL PHRASES
- Value: $200
- Date episode aired: FEB. 3, 2017

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Answer #20: What is the 12th man?

Even though Texas A&M trademarked the phrase, they lent the moniker to the Seattle Seahawks, who also use “the 12th man” to refer to their fan base. Kyle Field currently seats over 100,000 spectators.

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Clue #21

- Clue: This bowl began in 1935 with local Miami getting blanked 26-0
- Category: TALKIN’ FOOTBALL
- Value: $800
- Date episode aired: Oct. 11, 2012

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Answer #21: What is the Orange Bowl?

For almost 60 years, the Orange Bowl was played at the Orange Bowl Stadium (which also hosted the Miami Hurricanes). The game has since been played at the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, except for 1999, and remains one of college football’s marquee bowls.

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Clue #22

- Clue: No. 15: This Pennsylvania town that's also known for some football, Nittany Lions style
- Category: FORBES' MOST-EDUCATED SMALL TOWNS
- Value: $600
- Date episode aired: April 18, 2011

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Answer #22: What is State College?

Although State College has a small-town feel, Beaver Stadium seats over 106,000, making it the second-largest college football stadium. Penn State has won two national titles.

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Clue #23

- Clue: A sixth-round draft pick in 2000, this Michigan man found a bit of success as a QB for the Patriots
- Category: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FOOTBALL
- Value: $2000
- Date episode aired: June 12, 2007

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Answer #23: Who is (Tom) Brady?

Brady was a two-year starter for the Wolverines, and threw 30 touchdown passes. Giovanni Carmazzi, Tee Martin, and Spergon Wynn were among the quarterbacks selected before Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft.

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Clue #24

- Clue: This Heisman winner from Texas A&M tweeted, "nothing illegal about being 18+ in a casino and winning money...keep hating!"
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Value: $400
- Date episode aired: Feb. 14, 2014

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Answer #24: Who is Johnny Manziel?

Manziel, nicknamed “Johnny Football,” played two seasons in the NFL. Manziel later signed to play in the Canadian Football League and the Alliance of American Football. Before football, his family earned a fortune in the oil business.

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Clue #25

- Clue: In 2006–07, the only undefeated team in Division 1-A was from this capital city, the "Crossroads of the Oregon Trail"
- Category: COLLEGE FOOTBALL GEOGRAPHY
- Value: $1000
- Date episode aired: May 13, 2008

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Answer #25: What is Boise?

Boise State is known for its blue turf and being the little underdog that could. Boise State famously upset Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, in a game that included tons of trickery and a wedding proposal. Boise’s field color is so popular that it has been duplicated by college athletic programs in Japan.

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