BCS National Championship Game: It’s Alabama football quiz time!

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Alabama and Notre Dame go at it Monday night with everything on the line in South Florida. Each team has multiple national titles and a rich football tradition. The last time these two schools met with a college football championship on the line was the 1974 Orange Bowl. While waiting for the kickoff, test your knowledge of Alabama’s football tradition.

[Updated Jan. 4, 2013]

Who is the only Alabama player to ever win the Heisman Trophy?

Don Hutson

 

Joe Namath

 

Mark Ingram

 

Dixie Howell

 

The son of what famous NFL coach coached Alabama from 2003 to 2006?

Bill Walsh

 

Don Shula

 

Chuck Noll

 

Bill Parcells

 

What animal serves as the Crimson’s Tide mascot?

Muskrat

 

Elephant

 

Boar

 

Bull

 

Before leading Alabama to a national championship in 2009, what college team did Nick Saban guide to the championship of the 2003 season?

Tennessee

 

Michigan State

 

Southern Cal

 

Louisiana State

 

How do some Alabama fans pay homage today to former legendary coach Bear Bryant?

They wear houndstooth hats to Alabama games.

 

They attach red and white balloons to his on-campus statue.

 

They endow a coaching position in his name.

 

They flock to the Bear Bryant memorial tailgatiing parking lot before the game.

 

How did Bear Bryant acquire his nickname?

He was born in Bear Creek, Ala.

 

He once wrestled a bear.

 

When he growled at players, he sounded like a bear.

 

He once played for the Chicago Bears.

 

In what year did Alabama integrate its roster with the school’s first black player?

1958

 

1965

 

1971

 

1975

 

Years ago, Alabama played in the Rose Bowl six times, including in 1931 when they clinched a national championship while doing what that was unusual?

Alabama started second-string players.

 

Alabama attempted no passes.

 

Alabama wore sneakers rather than football cleats.

 

Alabama recovered four on-side kicks.

 

When Alabama won the 1961 national championship, the team’s spectacular defense gave up how many points during the season?

13 points

 

25 points

 

40 points

 

51 points

 

Which one of the former Alabama quarterbacks played on a winless team his senior year?

Bart Starr

 

Joe Namath

 

Ken Stabler

 

Greg McElroy