The predicament of the fictional Texas State football team is based on the scandal surrounding another Texas college, Southern Methodist University. SMU had been placed on probation three times in the 1980s for repeated recruitment violations, such as giving monetary enticements to players and their families. In 1987, SMU was punished under the Repeat Violator Rule, better known as the "death penalty." All football was canceled and scholarships were revoked for 1987, and only away games were allowed in 1988, although the school canceled the 1988 season anyway. The team was refielded in 1989 with an all-tryout squad. The Mustangs did not have a winning season until 2009.
In the movie, the fictional Texas State University plays a football game against Southwest Texas State University, a real university located in San Marcos, TX. In 2003, Southwest Texas State University changed its name to Texas State University at San Marcos.
Lucy Draper plays the first female placekicker on the Armadillos team, in 1991. Since the film was released, a number of women have played college football. While most female college football players have either been placekickers or holders for placekickers, in 2014 Shelby Osborne became a defensive back for Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
at 0:10:05 When Coach Ed Gennero Hector Elizondo approaches Paul Blake Scott Bakula, the sign on the fence reads, "Neckover Trailers PO Box 455, Troup, Texas 214-842-3107. The area code has since then changed to (903) so the phone number is now 903-842-3107 which is still in business as of December 2015.