Can You Name These NCAA Football Teams by Where They Play Their Home Games?

By: Gavin Thagard

Ohio State played their first game in 1890 against Ohio Wesleyan University. The Buckeyes won the game 20-14. This would be the first of many wins for the school.

USC has been one of the most dominant franchises in the history of college football. Much of their success can be attributed to talented players, with over 500 players being drafted to the NFL.

Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has been one of the most dominant teams in college football. Since 2009, the team has won five National Championships, the most of any team during that span.

The Rose Bowl was built in 1922, but the first Rose Bowl game wasn't until January 1, 1923. The stadium still serves as one of the top bowl game locations each year.

Originally called College Field, Spartan Stadium opened in 1923. The name was changed several times before the school finally decided to go with Spartan Stadium in 1957.

Penn State's football program and university were stained in 2011 by the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The football team has somewhat recovered, but they haven't been back to a National Championship Game since.

Former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly helped revolutionize football with a fast-paced offense and the use of technology to monitor players. He tried his luck in the NFL after leaving Oregon, but eventually, he made his way back to college football, serving as the head coach of UCLA.

Arkansas will head into 2018 with new head coach Chad Morris. This is after Bret Bielema was fired last season when his team went 4-8.

Auburn played in the final National Championship game before the new playoff format began. Though they lost the game to Florida State, the 2013 season will forever live in Auburn history as one of the wildest seasons ever.

The game between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869 is considered to be the first college football game. The Scarlet Knights won the game 6-4.

Husky Stadium was built in 1920 with a seating capacity of 30,000. Today, it has a seating capacity of over 70,000.

West Virginia has the most wins of any team to never win a National Championship. They are 14th in victories among all teams.

Clemson defeated Alabama for the National Championship following the 2016-17 season. It was only Clemson's second National Championship.

The field in Albertsons Stadium is unique for its blue turf. The turf was installed in 1986, making it the first non-green surface in football history.

The Michigan and Ohio State rivalry is one of the fiercest in all of college football. No matter where the game is held, fans of both teams rush to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Pittsburgh is part of the ACC, which they joined in 2013. They play in the Coastal Division.

The Hurricanes had a period of dominance in the '80s and the '90s. However, the team has struggled to find success in more recent years.

Georgia made it to the National Championship Game in 2017-18. They played a tough opponent in Alabama and lost 26-23.

Ole Miss was coached by Hugh Freeze from 2012 until 2016. He was forced to resign in 2016 after evidence pointed to him using an escort service to recruit players.

Texas A&M was coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant before he went on to Alabama. While at Texas A&M, Bryant ran a summer camp that was famous for weeding out the players who couldn't handle playing for him. The players who survived were known as "Junction Boys."

The Badgers played their first season of college football in 1889. A few years later, in 1896, the team joined the Big Ten Conference, the first year it was formed. They're still part of the conference today.

BYU is a private university located in Utah. The team started playing in 1922, and their stadium was built in 1964.

The Hawkeyes are coached by Kirk Ferentz. He's been with the school for 20 years, the longest of any NCAA Division I team.

South Carolina's greatest success came under former head coach Steve Spurrier. He finished his career with the team as the winningest coach in school history.

Nebraska was affiliated with the Big 12 Conference from 1996 until 2010. After the 2010 season, the team joined the Big Ten Conference, as a slew of teams left the Big 12.

Oklahoma has the highest winning percentage of any college football team since 1945. During that span, the team has won seven National Championships.

Texas Tech is part of the Big 12 Conference, which they joined in 1996. The team hasn't won a Big 12 championship since joining the conference.

Former head coach Jimbo Fisher left Florida State after the 2017-18 season to take the head coaching job at Texas A&M. The move was surprising considering he was only a few years removed from winning a National Championship with the school.

Tim Tebow, former Gators quarterback, was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, which he accomplished in 2007. He was only 20 years old when he received the award.

NC State was a founding member of the ACC in 1953. While playing in the conference, the team has won seven conference championships.

LSU got rid of championship coach Les Miles in 2016 during the middle of the season after a loss to Auburn. An interim position was given to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who was hired on full-time at the end of the season.

After the 2017 season, Tennessee parted ways with their head coach. He was replaced by Jeremy Pruitt, who had previously worked under Nick Saban at Alabama.

Kentucky's stadium was originally named Commonwealth Stadium when it was constructed. It was renamed Kroger Field in 2017 after a deal was struck with Kroger, a retailing company.

Virginia Tech has been to 25 straight bowl games. That's the longest active streak in the NCAA.

The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry started in 1894 in a game won by Iowa State. The rivalry has since been dominated by Iowa, which leads the series 43-22.

McLane Stadium opened in 2014. Previously, the Bears played off-campus at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Built in 1914, Davis Wade Stadium is the second oldest stadium in college football. The stadium's previous names include Scott Field and New Athletic Field.

Faurot Field opened in 1926 and has been expanded over the years. It has a record attendance of 75,298.

Purdue has produced several great quarterbacks throughout the team's history, many who have had successful careers in the NFL. Those quarterbacks include Drew Brees, who won the Super Bowl in 2010.

UCF has played in two major bowl games in the school's history; the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and the 2018 Peach Bowl. The Knights were victorious in both games.

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About This Quiz

Fall is fast approaching, and of course, it's your favorite time of the year. Not only because nature changes colors and the heat starts to fade, but also it is college football season! Players will be gearing up, whistles will be blowing and fans will travel all over the country to see their favorite teams play both at home and on the road. After all, there's nothing better than coming home after your team wins a tough road game against a cross-state rival or crushes an out-of-conference foe; the friends, the fresh taste of victory, the bragging rights, and most importantly, the stories you can tell about getting to see college football's greatest stadiums. 

Does college football season excite you? Are you already pulling out your fan gear and starting debates in the break room at work? Have you started purchasing your tickets to go see your team play in stadiums they have never played in before? If you're a dedicated football fan, I'm sure you're doing all of this. 

How well do you know other team's stadiums, though? Have you heard about them, about how tough they are to play in or how intense the fans are? Can you name college football teams by where they play home games? Here's your chance to find out!

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