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  • 1. 

    In college football, roughly how wide are the goal posts?

    • A.

      5 Feet

    • B.

      10 Feet

    • C.

      18 Feet

    • D.

      30 Feet

    Correct Answer
    C. 18 Feet
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 18 feet. In college football, the goal posts are typically 18 feet wide. This measurement allows for a fair challenge for kickers to score field goals and extra points. The width of the goal posts is standardized across college football to ensure consistency and fairness in the game.

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  • 2. 

    What can a team do to score 6 points in a game of college football?

    • A.

      Score A Return

    • B.

      Score A Safety

    • C.

      Score A Field Goal

    • D.

      Score A Touchdown

    Correct Answer
    D. Score A Touchdown
    Explanation
    To score 6 points in a game of college football, a team can score a touchdown. A touchdown is achieved when a player successfully carries the ball into the opponent's end zone or catches a pass in the end zone. This results in the team being awarded 6 points, which is the highest amount of points that can be earned in a single play.

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  • 3. 

    What number range must all players' numbers on a college football field fall into?

    • A.

      They Do Not Wear Numbers

    • B.

      0-100

    • C.

      99-200

    • D.

      Jan-99

    Correct Answer
    D. Jan-99
  • 4. 

    What word was often interchangeable with "football" amongst many journalists of the late 1800's?

    • A.

      Baseball

    • B.

      Golf

    • C.

      Rugby

    • D.

      Brutality

    Correct Answer
    C. Rugby
    Explanation
    During the late 1800s, the word "football" was often used interchangeably with "rugby" amongst many journalists. This suggests that rugby was commonly referred to as football during that time period.

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  • 5. 

    How many of a receiver's feet must be inbounds for a pass to be complete in college football?

    • A.

      One

    • B.

      None

    • C.

      There Are No Complete Passes

    • D.

      Two

    Correct Answer
    A. One
    Explanation
    In college football, only one of the receiver's feet needs to be inbounds for a pass to be considered complete. This means that as long as the receiver has one foot touching the ground within the boundaries of the field, the pass will be ruled as complete. The rule differs from professional football where both feet must be inbounds for a pass to be complete.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following types of kicks cannot score a field goal?

    • A.

      Drop Kick From Scrimmage

    • B.

      Punt

    • C.

      Drop Kick

    • D.

      Place Kick

    Correct Answer
    B. Punt
    Explanation
    A punt is a type of kick in football where the ball is dropped from the kicker's hands and then kicked before it hits the ground. It is typically used to kick the ball as far as possible down the field to the opposing team. Unlike a field goal, which is an attempt to kick the ball through the goalposts for points, a punt does not score a field goal. Therefore, a punt is the correct answer as it cannot score a field goal.

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  • 7. 

    Who declares the end of the game in college football?

    • A.

      The Losing Quarterback

    • B.

      The Referee

    • C.

      The Winning Quarterback

    • D.

      The Winning Coach

    Correct Answer
    B. The Referee
    Explanation
    The referee declares the end of the game in college football. As the official in charge of enforcing the rules and ensuring fair play, the referee has the authority to signal the end of the game once the allotted time has expired or when they determine that the game cannot continue due to unforeseen circumstances. The referee's decision is final and marks the conclusion of the game, regardless of the outcome.

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  • 8. 

    In which of the following situations might a college football player execute a place kick?

    • A.

      Penalty

    • B.

      To Mark The End Of The Game

    • C.

      Celebration

    • D.

      Field Goal

    Correct Answer
    D. Field Goal
    Explanation
    A college football player might execute a place kick during a field goal attempt. A field goal is a scoring method in football where the ball is kicked between the goalposts and above the crossbar. This can be done during regular play or as a strategic decision by the team to score points. Unlike penalty kicks, which are taken after a penalty is called, or celebrations, which are post-touchdown activities, a place kick for a field goal is a specific action taken to score points during a game.

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  • 9. 

    How does a college football referee signal to players that a ball is ready for play?

    • A.

      Blows His Whistle

    • B.

      Screams Wildly

    • C.

      Stands On His Head

    • D.

      Places Hands On His Head

    Correct Answer
    A. Blows His Whistle
    Explanation
    A college football referee signals to players that a ball is ready for play by blowing his whistle. The whistle is a universal signal in football to indicate the start or restart of play. It alerts the players that they can begin or resume the game, and it is a clear and audible way for the referee to communicate with the players on the field. By blowing his whistle, the referee ensures that all players are aware that the ball is ready for play and that they can proceed accordingly.

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  • 10. 

    What is another word for a freshman player in college football?

    • A.

      Star

    • B.

      Newbie

    • C.

      Rookie

    • D.

      Starter

    Correct Answer
    C. Rookie
    Explanation
    A freshman player in college football is commonly referred to as a "rookie." This term is used to describe someone who is new to a particular field or activity, especially in sports. In the context of college football, a rookie player is someone who is in their first year of playing at the collegiate level. They are typically inexperienced and still adjusting to the demands and level of competition in college football.

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  • 11. 

    In college football, what happens to a player who has been disqualified twice for fighting?

    • A.

      Suspended For Season

    • B.

      Nothing Happens

    • C.

      He Has To Pay A Fine

    • D.

      His Team Is Disqualified

    Correct Answer
    A. Suspended For Season
    Explanation
    A player who has been disqualified twice for fighting in college football will be suspended for the entire season. This means that they will not be allowed to participate in any games or practices for the duration of the season.

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  • 12. 

    When a minor rule is broken in a college football game, what does the offending player receive?

    • A.

      A Penalty

    • B.

      A Hefty Fine

    • C.

      A New Job

    • D.

      A Reward

    Correct Answer
    A. A Penalty
    Explanation
    When a minor rule is broken in a college football game, the offending player receives a penalty. This is a consequence imposed by the officials or referees to penalize the player for their infraction. Penalties can result in the loss of yards, downs, or even the ejection of a player from the game, depending on the severity of the violation.

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  • 13. 

    What is the maximum number of players that a team may have on the field in college football?

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      11

    • C.

      17

    • D.

      19

    Correct Answer
    B. 11
    Explanation
    In college football, the maximum number of players that a team may have on the field is 11. This is the standard number of players for both offense and defense. Having 11 players allows for a balanced and competitive game, ensuring that each team has enough players to cover all positions and execute various strategies effectively.

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  • 14. 

    What penalty is an official signaling when he holds both of his arms out at shoulder level?

    • A.

      Roughing

    • B.

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct

    • C.

      Illegal Kick

    • D.

      Intentional Grounding

    Correct Answer
    B. Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    Explanation
    When an official holds both of his arms out at shoulder level, it is a signal for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. This penalty is given when a player or coach behaves in a way that is considered disrespectful or unsportsmanlike towards opponents, officials, or the game itself. It can include actions such as taunting, excessive celebration, or using abusive language. This penalty is meant to maintain fair play and sportsmanship in the game.

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  • 15. 

    What is the name of the penalty marker that an official uses to mark a penalty?

    • A.

      Pylon

    • B.

      Flag

    • C.

      Flashing Light

    • D.

      Red Light

    Correct Answer
    B. Flag
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Flag." In football, when a penalty is called, the official uses a flag to mark the spot where the penalty occurred. The flag is usually thrown towards the area of the infraction and serves as a visual indicator for both the players and spectators. The use of a flag allows for easy identification of penalties and helps maintain the integrity and fairness of the game.

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  • 16. 

    In college football, what is the term for a ball that is out of play?

    • A.

      Dead

    • B.

      Useless

    • C.

      Resting

    • D.

      Sleeping

    Correct Answer
    A. Dead
    Explanation
    In college football, the term for a ball that is out of play is "dead". This means that the ball is no longer in play and the game has temporarily stopped. It could be due to various reasons such as the ball going out of bounds, a player being ruled down, or a penalty being called. During this time, the teams regroup and prepare for the next play.

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  • 17. 

    What is the maximum size of a jersey insignia allowed in college football games?

    • A.

      30 Square Inches

    • B.

      5 Square Inches

    • C.

      16 Square Inches

    • D.

      1 Square Inch

    Correct Answer
    C. 16 Square Inches
    Explanation
    In college football games, the maximum size of a jersey insignia allowed is 16 square inches. This means that any logo, symbol, or design on a player's jersey cannot exceed this size. This limitation ensures that the insignia does not become too distracting or overwhelming on the jersey, allowing for clear identification of the player and maintaining the integrity of the game.

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  • 18. 

    What is the term for the movement of two or more offensive players before the snap?

    • A.

      Shift

    • B.

      Slip

    • C.

      Punt

    • D.

      Safety

    Correct Answer
    A. Shift
    Explanation
    Shift is the term used to describe the movement of two or more offensive players before the snap. This movement is often used to confuse the defense and create mismatches. It involves players changing their positions on the field, either by moving to a different spot or by switching sides. This can help the offense create advantageous matchups or open up passing lanes for the quarterback. By shifting, the offense aims to gain a strategic advantage over the defense before the play begins.

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  • 19. 

    What is the football term used to describe the blocking of an opponent with any body part?

    • A.

      Blocking

    • B.

      Rushing

    • C.

      Blitz

    • D.

      Bothering

    Correct Answer
    A. Blocking
    Explanation
    Blocking is the football term used to describe the action of obstructing an opponent with any body part. It involves using physical contact to prevent the opponent from advancing or reaching a specific area. This technique is commonly used by offensive players to protect the quarterback or create space for the ball carrier. Defensive players also employ blocking to disrupt the opposing team's offensive plays and prevent them from gaining yardage.

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  • 20. 

    In college football, what is the shape of the playing field?

    • A.

      Rectangle

    • B.

      Square

    • C.

      Triangle

    • D.

      Circle

    Correct Answer
    A. Rectangle
    Explanation
    The shape of the playing field in college football is a rectangle. This shape is chosen because it allows for equal distances between the sidelines and end zones, ensuring a fair and balanced playing area for both teams. The rectangular shape also makes it easier to mark the boundaries and measure distances accurately during the game.

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  • 21. 

    When an official makes an uppercase T with his hands, what is he signaling?

    • A.

      First Down

    • B.

      Television/Radio Timeout

    • C.

      Touchdown

    • D.

      Safety

    Correct Answer
    B. Television/Radio Timeout
    Explanation
    When an official makes an uppercase T with his hands, he is signaling a Television/Radio Timeout. This gesture is commonly used in sports, particularly in American football, to indicate a break in the game for television or radio commercials. It notifies the players, coaches, and spectators that there will be a temporary pause in the game for advertising purposes or other broadcast-related activities.

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  • 22. 

    Who is considered to be the leader of a college football team's offense?

    • A.

      Fullback

    • B.

      Quarterback

    • C.

      Cornerback

    • D.

      Linesman

    Correct Answer
    B. Quarterback
    Explanation
    The leader of a college football team's offense is the quarterback. The quarterback is responsible for leading the team's offensive plays, making decisions on the field, and executing passes or runs to advance the team towards scoring. They are often considered the most important position on the offense and are responsible for directing the team's strategy and coordinating the movements of the other players.

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  • 23. 

    In college football, who decides if a ball is suitable for game play?

    • A.

      The Linesman

    • B.

      The Quarterback

    • C.

      The Team Captains

    • D.

      The Referee Or Umpire

    Correct Answer
    D. The Referee Or Umpire
    Explanation
    The referee or umpire is responsible for determining whether a ball is suitable for gameplay in college football. They have the authority to inspect the ball before the game and make a decision based on its condition. This is an important role as the quality of the ball can affect the fairness and integrity of the game. The referee or umpire's decision ensures that the ball meets the necessary standards for gameplay and maintains a level playing field for both teams.

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  • 24. 

    What is another term for a one-on-one defensive strategy?

    • A.

      Mother To Mother

    • B.

      Brother To Brother

    • C.

      Man To Man

    • D.

      Woman To Woman

    Correct Answer
    C. Man To Man
    Explanation
    Man-to-man is another term for a one-on-one defensive strategy. In this strategy, each defensive player is assigned to guard a specific offensive player, with the goal of preventing them from scoring or making plays. This approach requires close and direct marking, with each defender responsible for their assigned opponent. It is often used in basketball and other team sports to counter individual offensive threats and disrupt the opponent's game plan.

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  • 25. 

    In college football, which of the following is a central factor in a free kick?

    • A.

      The Kicker Cannot Be Tackled

    • B.

      The Kicker Must Be Blindfolded

    • C.

      The Kicker Must Leave The Game

    • D.

      The Kicker Will Be Tackled

    Correct Answer
    A. The Kicker Cannot Be Tackled
    Explanation
    In college football, a central factor in a free kick is that the kicker cannot be tackled. This means that the opposing team is not allowed to physically attack or bring down the kicker during the execution of the free kick. This rule is in place to protect the safety of the kicker and ensure fair play.

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  • 26. 

    During what time is a college football player prohibited from leaving the football field?

    • A.

      When He Is Injured

    • B.

      When The Ball Is In Play

    • C.

      At Intermission

    • D.

      When He Is Being Substituted

    Correct Answer
    B. When The Ball Is In Play
    Explanation
    A college football player is prohibited from leaving the football field when the ball is in play. This is because leaving the field during play would result in an unfair advantage for the opposing team and disrupt the flow of the game. It is important for players to stay on the field until a break in play, such as a timeout or when the ball goes out of bounds, before leaving or being substituted.

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  • 27. 

    In college football, when a player catches an opponent's fumble, what has he done?

    • A.

      Interdispersed

    • B.

      Insightful

    • C.

      Interceded

    • D.

      Intercepted

    Correct Answer
    D. Intercepted
    Explanation
    When a player catches an opponent's fumble in college football, he has intercepted the ball. This means that he has successfully caught a pass that was intended for the opposing team, preventing them from gaining possession and potentially scoring.

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  • 28. 

    According to college football rules, what colored jerseys must visiting teams wear?

    • A.

      Black

    • B.

      Red

    • C.

      White

    • D.

      Brown

    Correct Answer
    C. White
    Explanation
    According to college football rules, visiting teams must wear white jerseys. This is to ensure clear distinction between the two teams on the field. The home team typically wears their team colors, while the visiting team wears white to avoid any confusion. Wearing white jerseys also helps with visibility and allows officials and players to easily identify players from both teams.

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  • 29. 

    How many points is a college football player awarded for scoring a safety?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      9

    • C.

      2

    • D.

      6

    Correct Answer
    C. 2
    Explanation
    A college football player is awarded 2 points for scoring a safety. A safety occurs when the opposing team is tackled or commits a penalty in their own end zone, resulting in 2 points being awarded to the opposing team.

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  • 30. 

    Which of the following criteria is necessary for a successful interception in college football?

    • A.

      Player Must Not Leave Ground

    • B.

      Player Must Catch In Helmet

    • C.

      Player Must Close His Eyes

    • D.

      Player Must Remain In Bounds

    Correct Answer
    D. Player Must Remain In Bounds
    Explanation
    In college football, a successful interception requires the player to remain in bounds. This means that the player must catch the ball while keeping at least one foot or any part of their body inbounds. If the player steps out of bounds before or after the catch, the interception will be considered incomplete. Staying in bounds is crucial for a successful interception as it ensures that the player has complete control and possession of the ball within the field of play.

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