Trivia of the Day for Tuesday

  • College football’s largest margin of victory came in 1916, when Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland by a score of 222 to 0. The game was cut short by 15 minutes.
  • The orange and white team colors of the Tennessee Volunteers were chosen in 1891 to represent the daisies which grow on the campus.
  • President John F. Kennedy compared the difficulties of reaching space in a rocket to the Rice Owls’ chances of defeating the Texas Longhorns.
  • Field goals in college football were originally worth five points. This was decreased to four points in 1904 and three points in 1909.
  • The Wisconsin Badgers once had a real-life badger as their mascot. During games, it would be led around the sidelines on a leash. The animal proved too mean, and it was replaced with a costumed mascot in 1940.
  • The Red River Shootout between Oklahoma and Texas is the oldest rivalry played at a neutral site. The game is held in Dallas, which is halfway between both campuses. Oklahoma was still a U.S. Territory when the Red River Shootout started in 1900. Oklahoma didn’t receive statehood until 1907.
  • In 1915, a group of Texas A&M supporters placed a brand on the longhorn steer of a Texas student. The brand, 13-0, represented A&M’s 1915 win over the Longhorns. In an effort to cover up the brand, the owner turned the one and three into the letter “B,” and then came up with “EVO.” This became the school’s mascot, although the original Bevo was later eaten.
  • The number of players fielded by each college team was reduced to 20 in 1873. It was reduced to 15 in 1876 and then to the current 11 in 1880.
  • College football fields were originally 120 yards long and 100 yards wide.
  • In 1953, Tennessee brought a number of dogs onto the field in an effort to find a mascot. A blue tick bloodhound named Blue Smokey let out a loud howl, and he was selected by the fans. Since that time, a blue tick bloodhound has always been used as the team’s mascot. In 1991, Smokey VI ended up on the team’s injury report with heat exhaustion.
  • In the beginning, the balls used for college football were round.
  • Touchdowns in college football were originally counted as three points.

 

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