HERO Sports is counting down the 100 days until the kickoff of the 2018 college football season on Saturday, Aug. 25, with daily trivia. Each day, from May 17 through Aug. 24, we'll publish one college football trivia question.
100. Zero 10-Win Seasons
Despite the increase of regular-season games and bowl games throughout the last century of college football, some FBS teams, specifically Power Five teams, still can't win 10 games in a season. Of the 65 Power Five teams, three have never recorded a 10-win season.
Who are the three current Power Five teams that have never won 10 games in a season?
247Sports Composite rankings go back to 2000 when D.J. Williams was the top-ranked player in the class. Four years later, after playing both fullback and linebacker at Miami (FL), he was selected as a linebacker with the 17th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Thirteen picks later, the Detroit Lions selected Virginia Tech running back and 2001 top recruit Kevin Jones with the 30th pick.
Who's the only former No. 1 recruit to go undrafted?
Nearly every quarterback in the country passes for at least 150 yards each week but only a handful have ever eclipsed the 300-yard rushing mark. In more than a century of college football, only two players have managed to hit both marks in the same game, one of whom did so last season.
Who are the only two FBS players to record 300 rushing yards and 150 passing yards in the same game?
Alabama's win over Georgia in the national championship was the Crimson Tide's 64th win since the 2014 season, extending their lead for most wins by an FBS program over that time.
Who are the eight FBS programs with 50 or more wins in the last five years?
The last three Heisman-winning quarterbacks — Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson and Marcus Mariota — threw a combined 19 interceptions during their Heisman campaigns. The 1990 Heisman winner, Ty Detmer, threw 28. By himself. In one year.
Detmer won the award during an era when quarterbacks won it more often than other positions but it wasn't dominated by signal-callers. It is now dominated by signal-callers. Fifteen of the last 18 winners were quarterbacks, only one of whom threw more than 10 interceptions.
Who is the last quarterback to win the Heisman while throwing more than 10 interceptions?
This is a widely circulated trivia question that most college sports fans know but it's still an interesting one, especially as some smaller, lesser-known schools have joined the FBS in recent years.
How many FBS schools don't have "University" in their official name?
Saban enters 2018 with 223 career wins in 22 seasons as a college football head coach. Among those 223 wins are seven conference championships and six national championships. But what was his first-ever win as a head coach? Not his first win as head coach at Alabama. His first-ever win as a head coach.
What team did Nick Saban beat for his first win as a head coach?
Urban Meyer was the highly sought-after head coach of Utah in 2004 after blowing through the Mountain West for two seasons. He left the Utes for the "best job," not his "dream job." The best job was Florida, whose new president was former Utah president Bernie Machen, with whom Meyer reportedly had a handshake agreement to become the Gators' head coach.
What did Urban Meyer call his dream job?
92. Bird Nicknames
This is the hardest trivia question yet.
Most knowledgeable college sports fans know the nickname for each school but do they know the actual meaning of the nickname? Do they know what a Golden Flash is? Or what a Jayhawk, Hokie or Zip is?
How many FBS teams have a bird — an actual bird — as their mascot?
No, the losing streak does not belong to Kansas. The answer to every futility-related question isn't always Kansas.
Which FBS teams enter the 2018 season with the longest active winning and losing streaks?
It's been a long time since Alabama had a sub.-500 at any point during a season. It's been even longer since the Crimson Tide had a sub-.500 record after Week 1. They won the 2006 season opener but finished the season with 6-7 mark, dipping below .500 with a loss to Oklahoma State in the Independence Bowl.
When was the last time Alabama lost their season opener?
Several schools are separated by at least 3,000 miles (shortest driving distance using official university address on Google Maps) but only a few are separated by at least 3,300 miles.
Which two mainland FBS schools are the farthest apart from each other?
Jonathan Taylor was an under-the-radar recruit ranked miles behind Najee Harris, Cam Akers and the other top running backs in the 2017 class. But the 5-foot-11, 215-pounder from New Jersey had a far better season that Harris, Akers or any other true freshman running back last season.
For years, freshmen were not allowed to play football, ruled ineligible by the NCAA until their sophomore years. In what year did the NCAA allow freshmen to be eligible for football?
Last season, Mason Rudolph and Baker Mayfield were the only two FBS quarterbacks who threw for at least 4,000 yards. It was the first time since 2001 that fewer than three quarterbacks hit the 4,000-yard mark. Rudolph, the nation's leader, had his second straight season with at least 4,000 yards but he did not lead the FBS in passing yards for the second straight year.
Who was the last quarterback to lead the FBS in passing yards in consecutive seasons?
Boise State needed to replace the turf at (what was then named) Bronco Stadium but didn't want to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a run-of-the-mill green field.
In what year did Boise State install blue artificial field?
Ten teams won at least 90 games over those 10 years but only six reached 100 wins.
Which six teams won at least 100 games from 2000-09?
What is the highest-scoring game in FBS history?
The answer includes overtime games. As usual, the photo above means nothing. Graham Harrell and Texas Tech were not involved in the highest-scoring game in FBS history.
Your hint: Just like our question a few days ago, it happened very recently.
Forty-one states are home to at least one active FBS program. Thirty-three of those states have at least two programs and eight have at least five.
Which state is home to the most FBS teams?
EA Sports Football was released annually (under the NCAA Football name) from 1997 through 2013. The series, however, began four years earlier when EA released the first game.
What was the original name of EA Sports NCAA Football?
Thirty-five quarterbacks have won the Heisman. Twenty-five of them left college football after their Heisman season. Of the quarterbacks who replaced them as starter the following season, how many led their team to a national title in that first season?
Obviously, not all 50 states have an FBS team. Alaska, Maine and New Hampshire are among those that don't. But how many more states don't have one?
How many states have at least one FBS team?
Surprisingly, only two of the 130 FBS teams open the 2018 college football season with two consecutive road games. Not games away from home (i.e. neutral site); two true road games.
Which two teams open the season with two consecutive road games?
Eleven FBS head coaches will be under the age of 40 when the 2018 season kicks off. Only two will be under the age of 35.
Who's the youngest active FBS head coach?
The oldest coach is more than twice the age of the youngest head coach and is one of only two FBS coaches at least 70 years old. He's won more than 200 career games and is already in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Who's the oldest active FBS head coach?
Virginia Tech's Hokie nickname is one of the most unique in all of sports and has a fascinating history. That history becomes more fascinating when digging into its predecessor.
What was Virginia Tech's nickname before they became the Hokies?
One week after Alabama's loss to Auburn in the 2006 Iron Bowl resulted in a 6-6 regular-season record, the Crimson Tide fired head coach Mike Shula, who went 26-23 in four years. Before Nick Saban was hired, Alabama targeted another FBS head coach as Shula's replacement.
Who rejected Alabama's offer in 2006 before they hired Nick Saban as head coach?
When present-day Vanderbilt University was founded in 1872 — three years before the first students enrolled in 1875 — by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, it had a different name.
What was the original name of Vanderbilt University before it was renamed in honor of philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt?
Twenty-one FBS head coaches are entering their first full season as permanent head coach. Can any of them join a tiny group of coaches who won a title in their first season?
Only three coaches have accomplished the feat (AP: 1936-97; BCS: 1998-2013; CFP: 2014-present). Who is the last coach to win a national championship in his first season?
72. They Play Twice
Teams play each twice during the same season very often in college football. Last year, TCU and Oklahoma played twice, as did Fresno State and Boise State and others. However, in all of those instances, one game was in the regular season and one game was in the postseason (either conference championship or bowl game).
This year, two teams are scheduled to play twice during the regular season. Which teams?
Johnny Manziel was not a highly touted recruit when he arrived at Texas A&M in 2011. He was a three-star prospect and the 13th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country and 62nd-ranked prospect in the state of Texas.
Manziel redshirted in 2011 as Ryan Tannehill threw for 29 touchdowns and nearly 3,800 yards and then competed for the starting job a year later, which he won and, later, became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
Whom did Manziel beat out for the Aggies' starting job in 2012?TE
Twenty-two years ago, the Southwest Conference, one of the oldest conferences, in college athletics disbanded. The conference was originally established by Texas athletics director L. Theo Bellmont in 1914 after he sent letters to several schools throughout Texas and neighboring states to gauge their interest in forming a league.
Who were the eight original members of the Southwest Conference?
69. Sharing Stadiums
Several active FBS programs will share a home stadium with an NFL team during the 2018 season? How many teams? And do you know which teams?
Key words: 2018 season.
The folks in Blacksburg had fun with, "What was Virginia Tech's nickname before 'Hokies'?" so let's keep it rolling with a drive up I-64 and I-77 to Huntington.
Before Marshall's official nickname became Thundering Herd in 1965, what were the school's athletic teams called before then?
Nick Saban's coaching tree became a forest long ago. Now, it's on the verge of National Park status.
How many former Nick Saban assistants — from his days in college or the NFL — are active FBS head coaches?
Several FBS teams have five home games during the entire 2018 season. One team has five home games in a row.
Which team plays five consecutive home games this year?
65. No Rose Bowls
The Pac-12 was formed in 1915 as the Pacific Coast Conference. Current league members Oregon, Oregon State and Washington were among the founding members. It was renamed the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU) from 1959–68 and became the Pac-8 in 1968 and Pac-10 in 1978.
Which one of those original Pac-10 members has never played in the Rose Bowl?
64. No. 1 Starts 0-1
Alabama was the No. 1 in the AP Preseason Top 25 last year, as they were in 2016. Both years, they won their first game. And this year, barring a shocking wave of stupidity from AP voters, the Crimson Tide will be the preseason No. 1.
When was the last time an AP Preseason No. 1 lost their first game of the season?
Gary Patterson has fielded offers and interview requests for the better part of the last two decades as he's led TCU to 160 wins, six conference championships and 11 seasons with at least 10 wins. He accepted one of those interview requests in January 2007 and was prepared to take the job.
Patterson was prepared to leave TCU 11 years ago for which job?
In Cornhuskers, Nebraska has one of the most unique and fitting nicknames in all of sports. But their former nickname was even better, which we discussed on a recent podcast episode.
What was Nebraska's nickname before Cornhuskers?
Which mainland FBS school is the most isolated?
More specifically, using the school's official address and driving distance, which non-Hawai'i FBS school is the farthest away from another FBS school?
Boston College played at both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium in 2017, beating UConn in Boston in the regular season and losing to Iowa in the Bronx in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Eagles were the first FBS team to play at both venues in the same season in a long time.
Before Boston College, who was the last FBS team to play games at both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium?
Not many college football players have ever rushed for at least 2,000 yards in one season. And even fewer have rushed for 2,000 yards and returned for at least one more season. But of those who did return, all but one did so because they were not eligible for the NFL Draft.
Who's the only draft-eligible player to return to school after rushing for 2,000 yards in one season?
As noted in yesterday's trivia question, Bryce Love is the first draft-eligible player in FBS history to return to school after rushing for at least 2,000 yards in the previous season. If Love, who had 2,118 yards last year — tops the 2,000-yard mark again, he'll become the second-ever player to run for at least 2,000 yards in two separate seasons
Entering the 2018 season, who's the only player with multiple 2,000-yard rushing seasons?
Six FBS schools located in the same city as another FBS schools (e.g. UCLA