How Well Do You Know College Football?


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Stadiums across the country filled with roaring fans, rival teams ready to go at it when the clock starts, the fall weather setting in; what's not to love about college football? It's what you gather around the television for on Saturdays with cheese dip and your favorite team's hat on. It's what you talk about all week with your coworkers while on break at work. It's one of the most entertaining events in the world. How much do you know about college football, though? Here's a quiz where you can find out!

When it comes to college athletics, football sits as the cream of the crop. The sport attracts thousands of passionate fans each year who want to watch players who are just as passionate about the game. That's exactly what college football provides. Every game means something, and one loss can define where a team ends up in the postseason. 

Do you know what makes college football so entertaining for fans? Is it the teams, the coaches, the rivalries? Would you be willing to put that knowledge to the ultimate test with this quiz? If you're up for the challenge, get started and show everyone how much you know about college football!

How many teams make it into the College Football Playoffs?

The College Football Playoffs began in 2014 after years of debate. Most critics did not want to add games to an already grueling schedule for players.


Which team defeated Alabama for the 2016-17 National Championship?

Clemson was led by quarterback Deshaun Watson who took a beating from the Alabama defense throughout the game. After winning the national championship, Watson would go on to be the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL draft.


How many games are in the regular season?

Teams in the top conferences usually play one or two cupcake games throughout the season. However, a seemingly easy win can turn into a disaster for a program if the team is not careful. That happened to Michigan in 2007 when Appalachian State came in and upset the team.


Which team is the rival of Michigan?

The Michigan and Ohio State rivalry is recognized as one of the greatest in all of sports. Michigan leads the series, but Ohio State has dominated in recent history.


What does ACC stand for?

The ACC was founded in 1953 by several members of the Southern Conference. The conference has expanded over the years and currently includes 15 teams, though Notre Dame is only a partial member.


Which bowl is NOT part of the New Year's Six?

The New Year's Six bowl games are awarded to the best teams who don't make it into the playoffs. Some conferences have automatic bids into the games if the conference winner is not a playoff team.


Which team does Nick Saban coach?

Nick Saban is tied with another great Alabama coach, Paul "Bear" Bryant, for the most national championships in the modern era of college football. Saban won his first title in 2003 with LSU and has won five with Alabama.


What award is given to the best college football player each year?

The Heisman Trophy was awarded to Baker Mayfield in 2017 for an outstanding year at Oklahoma. Mayfield was the first walk-on player to win the award.


Which team plays Texas in the Red River Rivalry?

The winner of the Red River Rivalry is given the Golden Hat. Texas currently leads the series, though Oklahoma has the largest victory.


In which conference does Miami play?

Miami's football program came onto the scene in the 1980s. Known for their rough and dirty play, the team referred to themselves as "The U."


Which team is NOT part of the PAC 12?

With teams located on the West Coast of the United States, many PAC 12 games are late at night for most of the country. This results in many of the teams being overlooked when it comes to a national discussion about who's the best team in college football.


How many divisions are in the SEC?

Florida has appeared in the SEC Championship 12 times, more than any other team. Florida has a record of 7-5 in the game.


Which team plays Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl?

Ole Miss won the 2017 Egg Bowl in an upset victory. Ole Miss would finish the season 6-6, while Mississippi State finished 9-4.


What is the mascot for Oklahoma State University?

Barry Sanders, the legendary NFL running back, played college football at Oklahoma State. In 1988, he won the Heisman Trophy after rushing for over 2,800 yards.


Which team plays Alabama in the Iron Bowl?

The 2013 Iron Bowl resulted in one of the greatest moments in college football history. With one second left on the clock, Auburn returned a missed field goal for a touchdown, winning the game and advancing to the SEC Championship.


How are the teams in the College Football Playoff selected?

Teams that are not part of a Power 5 conference are usually left out of the College Football Playoffs. Some of those teams will claim national championships if they knock off a top team in a New Year's Six bowl game.


Where is the SEC Championship currently played?

The first SEC Championship game took place in 1992 and pitted Alabama against Florida. Florida almost pulled the upset, but Alabama walked away with a one touchdown lead, sending the Crimson Tide to the National Championship.


Which team won the last BCS National Championship before the playoffs began?

Florida State went to the 2013 National Championship under head coach Jimbo Fisher. After the 2017 season, Fisher surprised the college football world by leaving the Seminoles to go coach Texas A&M in the SEC.


What's the mascot for the University of Texas?

Traditionally, Texas has been one of the most dominant programs in college football. However, over the past decade, the team has fallen out of contention for championships, forcing multiple coaching changes along the way.


Which is NOT a Power 5 conference?

In 2017, UCF went undefeated and knocked off an Auburn team that nearly made the College Football Playoffs. Since Auburn knocked off Alabama, the eventual champions, UCF claimed they were the true champions of college football.


Who won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Florida in 2007?

Tim Tebow has been a controversial sports figure because of his religious views. The quarterback is known for praying before games and painting "John 3:16" under his eyes.


Where do teams that have a winning record but don't make it into the playoffs play at the end of the season?

Bowl games provide rewards for teams and players having a successful season. However, many of the games aren't taken seriously because there is not much at stake.


Which team does Dabo Swinney coach?

Dabo Swinney has led Clemson to national prominence after taking over the program in 2009. The Tigers have been in the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2015 through 2017.


What's the mascot for the University of Oregon?

The Ducks are known for their unique and colorful uniforms which change almost game to game. These uniforms come from Nike, which was co-founded by Phil Knight, a former Oregon Duck.


For which team did Johnny Manziel play?

Johnny Manziel was known for his scrambling ability, constantly eluding defenders as he ran for his life. He would then toss the ball down the field where his receivers usually came up with it.


Which team is part of the PAC 12?

Herm Edwards took over Arizona State after the 2017 season. Edwards is a former NFL player and coach known for his extreme passion for the game of football.


Which team won the first College Football Playoff in 2014-15?

Ohio State plays home games in the Horseshoe, one of the loudest stadiums in college football. It has a seating capacity of 104,944.


Which Louisville player won the Heisman Trophy in 2016?

When Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy, he was the youngest player to ever win the award. Jackson was 19 years old and in his sophomore year of college.


Which team plays Notre Dame for the Legends Trophy?

Notre Dame has the longest win streak in this series at seven games. However, Stanford has won the last three meetings, making 2018 an important year for the Irish.


Which team plays USC for the Victory Bell?

The 1967 game between USC and UCLA was billed as the "Game of the Century." Both teams were ranked in the top five and each had a player who was in contention for the Heisman Trophy. USC won the game 21-20.


In which conference does Ohio State play?

Urban Meyer coaches the football team at Ohio State University. He was hired in 2012 after successful stints with Florida and Utah.


Which team plays Florida in "The World's Largest Cocktail Party"?

"The World's Largest Cocktail Party" got its name from the pre-game drinking that took place outside the stadium. The name is used unofficially today because the NCAA does not want to promote the consumption of alcohol​.


Which team plays in the ACC Coastal?

Michael Vick played quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1998 until 2000. Vick was chosen as the first pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.


Through all eras, which team has won the most national championships?

Princeton dominated college football in the earliest years of the game, winning 28 championships before 1950. However, the team has not won a championship since then.


How many teams are in the SEC?

From 2006 until 2012, the SEC won every national championship. The SEC's reign during this period began with Florida and ended when Auburn was defeated in 2013.


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