The 'lovable weirdo' that keeps winning 'Jeopardy!' is a Minnesota grad

This former Macalester College student is on a winning streak.
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A Minnesota college graduate is killing it on Jeopardy!

Austin Rogers, who attended Macalester College in St. Paul, has dominated the TV game show for nine days in a row, earning more than $332,000.

That makes Rogers one of the biggest-winning contestants of all time, Jeopardy! says – he comes in at number five on the list. 

(He still has a way to go to catch up to the show's all-time top money winner, Brad Rutter, who took home $4,355,102, or Ken Jennings, who has won the show 74 times.)

But in a short amount of time, Rogers has become a legend on the show – and internet sensation – in his own right. 

For starters, the 38-year-old doesn't look like your typical Jeopardy! star with his scruffy beard and hair full of secrets.

But it's Roger's hilarious personality that's really winning over fans. He puts on a show while he's playing, mugging at the camera, cracking jokes, and carrying on ridiculous banter with the show's host, Alex Trebek.

His get-to-know-the-contestant interviews have included stories about getting drunk with his buddies and falling asleep at a Korn/Disturbed show, Vulture says.

And he's either brutally honest or constantly lying just to make us laugh.

He for sure did go to Macalester though – GoMN confirmed it with representatives from the college. A spokeswoman said he graduated in 2000.

Here's what Rogers had to say about his time at the school:

"I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., with a BA in history. I would’ve ended up with a music major as well, but I slept through my final piano test and when they offered to let me reschedule it, I thought, “Eh, it’s the end of school. I’ve already got one major. I’m getting the diploma anyway. Do I really need the other major?” So yeah, one real major, one minor that could’ve been a major if I cared. But I didn’t."

He's an internet sensation

The internet has debated whether Rogers is a "lovable weirdo" or "obnoxious child." He even has his own trending hashtag on Twitter: #austinonjeopardy

Rogers also live-tweets the shows, which were taped in April. Countless memes and GIFs have been created using his likeness.

But whether you love or hate him, there's no denying that Rogers is a champion. 

He plays with gusto, often making insanely bold wagers and giving as many as 24 correct responses in a night, with no incorrect ones.

Rogers may be a New York City man these days, but we'll take credit for his smarts.

You can follow his streak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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