In real life, The Alamodome hosts an annual bowl game in San Antonio called the Alamo Bowl. The first-ever Alamo Bowl was played between California and Iowa just 24 days after this episode aired. The game still presently exists. However it has never been considered a national championship game. Currently, it pits the fourth best team in the Big Twelve Conference against the third best team in the Big Ten Conference.
Monica Horan would go on to play Amy McDougal in Everybody Loves Raymond.
The Pioneer Bowl game in San Antonio's Alamodome is between Minnesota State and West Texas, but the scenes of the game are a game between Wisconsin and Minnesota (who have the same uniforms as Minnesota State basically) from the Metrodome in Minneapolis. You can tell seeing the Minnesota State helmets on the sideline scenes and the helmets on the field. They are different.
Guest Jay Kleckner is one of the show's producers.