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1. Who was Oregon's Autzen Stadium named after?

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Smoke from nearby wildfires settle over Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR. at sunset as the Oregon Ducks defeat the Michigan State Spartans 46 -27 in a college football game Saturday Sept. 6, 2014.

The school’s most successful football coach

A Portland, Ore., lumberman and philanthropist

Star of Oregon’s first Rose Bowl victory

A long-serving president of the university

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