1.

The Bowl Championship Series, which tries, to the puzzlement of almost everyone, to create a game to decide the national champion college football team.

2.

The Rose Bowl is just the Rose Bowl. a., Tostitos, goes with 2., Fiesta Bowl; b., Allstate, goes with 4., Sugar Bowl; and c., FedEx, goes with 3., Orange Bowl.

3.

The Rose Bowl was first played in 1902 and has been played annually since 1916. The Sugar, Orange (and Sun!) all got started in 1935. The Fiesta Bowl began in 1971.

4.

32.

5.

a.: 3.; b.: 6.; c.: 4.

6.

c.

7.

b. Evidently, :-) was first used by Scott Fahlman on Sept. 19, 1982.

8.

a.

9.

d.

10.

The opossum, or Virginia Opossum, to be exact. Its name may derive from Algonquin words such as "apasum" or "wapathemwa."