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Rose Bowl Football Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

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Rose Bowl Football Trivia Quiz Questions With Answers

What is the Rose Bowl?
A: The Rose Bowl Game, also frequently known as simply the Rose Bowl, is an annual American college football bowl game, usually played on January 1 (New Year's Day) at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the game is played on what day?
A: Monday, January 2 (15 times now).

What is the Rose Bowl Game nicknamed?
A: "The Granddaddy of Them All" because it is the oldest bowl game.

It was first played in 1902 as the what?
A: The Tournament East–West football game, and has been played annually since 1916.

Since 1945, it has been the highest attended what?
A: College football bowl game.

It is a part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association's "America's New Year Celebration", which also includes the what?
A: The historic Rose Parade.

Since 2015, the game has been sponsored by whom?
A: Northwestern Mutual and officially known as the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

The Rose Bowl Game has traditionally hosted the conference champions from where?
A: The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences (or their predecessors).

In 2002 and 2006 (2001 and 2005 football seasons), under the Bowl Championship Series system, the Rose Bowl was designated as its championship game, and hosted whom?
A: The top two teams determined by the BCS system.

Beginning in 2015, the Rose Bowl has been part of the what?
A: The College Football Playoff and hosts one of its semifinal games every three years.

During non-Playoff years, the Rose Bowl reverts to what?
A: Its traditional Pac-12/Big Ten matchup.

Originally titled the "Tournament East–West football game", the first Rose Bowl was played on what date?
A: January 1, 1902, starting the tradition of New Year's Day bowl games.

The football game was added in 1902 to do what?
A: To help fund the cost of the Rose Parade.

The inaugural game featured what two teams?
A: Fielding H. Yost's dominating 1901 Michigan team, representing the East, which crushed a previously 3-1-2 team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49–0 after Stanford quit in the third quarter.

Michigan finished the season 11–0 and was crowned what?
A: The national champion.

Yost had been whose coach the previous year?
A: Stanford's.

The game was so lopsided that for the next thirteen years the Tournament of Roses officials did what?
A: It ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football.

But, on New Year's Day 1916, football returned to stay as the State College of Washington (now Washington State University) defeated whom?
A: Brown University in the first of what was thereafter an annual tradition.

Before the Rose Bowl was built for the January 1, 1923 match where were games played?
A: In Pasadena's Tournament Park, approximately three miles (5 km) southeast of the current Rose Bowl stadium near the campus of Caltech.

Tournament Park was found to be unsuitable for what?
A: The increasingly large crowds gathering to watch the game and a new, permanent home for the game was commissioned.

The Rose Bowl stadium was designed after what?
A: The Yale Bowl in New Haven.

The name of the stadium was alternatively "Tournament of Roses Stadium" or "Tournament of Roses Bowl", until what?
A: Until the name "Rose Bowl" was settled on before the 1923 game.

The stadium seating has been reconfigured several times since when?
A: Since its original construction in 1922.

For many years, the Rose Bowl stadium had the largest football stadium capacity in the United States, eventually being surpassed by whom?
A: Michigan Stadium in 1998.

From 1972 to 1997, what was the maximum stated seating capacity?
A: It was 104,594.

As of 2012, the Rose Bowl is number seven on the list of what?
A: American football stadiums by capacity with a current official seating capacity of 92,542 and is still the largest stadium that hosts post-season bowl games.

The Rose Bowl is also the only CFP bowl game that is held in a what?
A: A non-NFL stadium.

In the game's early years, except during World War I, the Rose Bowl always pitted a team—not necessarily the conference champion—from the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC), the predecessor of the current Pac-12 Conference, against whom?
A: An opponent from the Eastern U.S.

During the last two years of World War I who met in the Rose Bowl?
A: Teams from military bases.

The 1925 game pitted Knute Rockne's Notre Dame and their Four Horsemen, against whom?
A: "Pop" Warner's Stanford.

The 1926 game saw the Alabama Crimson Tide's win over whom?
A: Washington.

The 1940 game featured Howard Jones' USC Trojans against whom?
A: Bob Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers.

During this period, there were how many games in which undefeated teams were matched?
A: Ten.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and a series of attacks on West Coast shipping beginning on December 18, there were concerns about what?
A: A possible Japanese attack on the West Coast.

The Rose Parade, with a million watchers, and the Rose Bowl, with 90,000 spectators, were presumed to be what?
A: Ideal targets for the Japanese.

What did Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt recommend?
A: That the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl festivities be cancelled.

On December 16, what did Duke University do?
A: It invited the game and Oregon State to Duke's home stadium in Durham, North Carolina.

After the 1942 Allied victory in the Battle of Midway and the end of the Japanese offensives in the Pacific Theater during 1942, it was deemed that the West Coast was what?
A: No longer vulnerable to attack, and the Rose Bowl game continued on in the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Why were few Georgia fans able to make the trip to the 1943 Rose Bowl?
A: Because of wartime travel restrictions.

The Tournament of Roses parade itself still was not held in 1943 due to what?
A: The war.

During World War II, many college football schools had dropped some conference opponents and instead played football against whom?
A: Local military base teams.

Many colleges could not even field teams due to what?
A: The draft and manpower requirements.

The Big Nine agreed in 1946, after eight years of negotiating over payments, rules, and ticket allocations, to a what?
A: A five-year exclusive deal with the Rose Bowl to send the conference champion to meet the PCC conference champion.

Who voted against it?
A: UCLA, USC, Minnesota and Illinois all voted against it.

What was the first game under this agreement?
A: The 1947 Rose Bowl, with UCLA meeting Illinois.

When the PCC dissolved prior to the 1959 season following a pay-for-play scandal in 1958, there was no what?
A: Official agreement in force.

The Tournament of Roses selected from the former members of PCC and invited Washington, the first champion of the newly formed Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU), to play whom?
A: Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the 1960 Rose Bowl.

The Big Ten authorized its members to do what?
A: To accept any Rose Bowl invitation at their discretion.

The AAWU signed an agreement with the Rose Bowl that remained in force from the 1961 Rose Bowl until when?
A: The advent of the BCS era in 1998.

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