First of all, this slide show is not about who has the best or most intense rivalries. This strictly concerns the trophies.
Yes, it could be argued that the appeal of the trophy affects the rivalry. On the other hand, two of arguably the best rivalries in college football—Michigan vs. OSU and Florida vs. Georgia—do not have any hardware attached to them.
Still, there aren't many better experiences in college football than beating a rival, grabbing your trophy, and carrying it up and down the field.
And there aren't many better experiences for fans than watching your team do just that.
With that said, my criteria for picking the best trophies concerned three things: history of the trophy/rivalry, trophy aesthetics, and the rivalry itself.
In effect, trophies like Iowa and Wisconsin's Heartland Trophy were not considered.
The rivalry is real enough. The trophy, a bull, looks appealing. However, said trophy is somewhat contrived; it has no real history. It was put in place just to improve upon the Big Ten's already impressive cache of trophies.
Meanwhile, Georgia and Georgia Tech play in one of the most intense rivalries in the country. Furthermore, that rivalry includes a trophy: The Governor's Cup.
However, The Governor's Cup is one boring-looking trophy. It looks like a big version of what a 10-year-old gets for coming in second place in Pop Warner League.
Therefore, the following are the best traveling trophies in college football. They are the trophies with the most history. They are trophies with intriguing rivalries.
Above all, they are trophies that are memorable for their aesthetic uniqueness.