The episode's Dean Peterson doesn't seem to be the same Dean Peterson Homer ran over during a prank in "Homer Goes to College", although the security guards' dialogue implies that he is. It's possible, though, that the stress of work had jaded Peterson and aged him considerably in just a few years.
Homer sings "Aloha 'Oe" two episodes in a row. In "the previous episode" he sings it while undergoing treatment in the electric needle hut. In this episode, he sings it while showing Lisa his animated drawings of Moe doing the hula in a grass skirt (however, this time it's actually "Aloha Moe").
The episode title could refer to a sports face-off, or 1997 action movie Face/Off.
The Exterminator Tent Bart uses was also seen in the episode "Bart Sells His Soul", an episode built similarly on conflicts of faith.
There are 10 cents and 25 cents coins inside of Ralph's nose.
The Springfield University Nittany Tide is a combination of two traditional NCAA football powers' names - the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
When the bucket falls on Homer's head, he's wearing a hat. The bucket should have slipped off stuck to the hat, not Homer's head, without the need for pulling. When the bucket is removed, the hat seems to be no longer there.
During the end of the song Testify, there are three close-up shots on Bart. During the second close-up, Bart is wearing his cape but in the next shot, he is not.
Why didn't Hibbert just get Homer to sweat out of fear, like he did in "Lost Our Lisa"?