The Top Ten Trophy Rivalries In College Football
Almost every team in college football has a rivalry with another team. The best of these rivalries, with a few exceptions (Ohio State-Michigan, Oklahoma-Nebraska), have trophies and not all of them are just big shiny cups. This is a look at some of college football's best rivalry trophies.
There are a lot of teams that just missed the cut. Here are a few of them.
Illibuck- Ohio State Vs Illinois
Victory Bell- USC Vs UCLA
Indian War Drum- Kansas Vs Missouri
Megaphone Trophy- Michigan State Vs Notre Dame
Old Oaken Bucket- Purdue Vs Indiana
No. 10: Texas Vs Texas A&M
Name of Rivalry: Lone Star Showdown
Name of Trophy: Lone Star Showdown Trophy
Record: 75-37-5 Texas
In Texas, most people are either Aggies or Longhorns. Period. It's as black and white as that. Needless to say, this is a big game. In order to receive the trophy, the team must win a majority of the sports they play against each other, including track, volleyball, and basketball.
No. 9: Michigan Vs Michigan State
Name of Rivalry: None
Name of Trophy: Paul Bunyan Trophy
Record: 34-22-2 Michigan
In recent history, little brother, Michigan State, has had Michigan's number, winning the last three. Michigan controls the overall series, however. The trophy is named after the mythical logger, Paul Bunyan.
No. 8: Army Vs Navy
Name of Rivalry: Army-Navy Game
Name of Trophy: Commander-In-Chief's Trophy
Record: 55-49-7 Navy
While Air Force also can win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, its rivalries with Army and Navy aren't as prestigious as the Army-Navy Game. Navy has had Army's number for the last few years.
No. 7: Arkansas Vs LSU
Name of Rivalry: Arkansas-LSU Game
Name of Trophy: Golden Boot
Record: 34-20-2 LSU
Arkansas has been more competitive in recent history, but LSU still holds the lead. The trophy is actually the states of Arkansas and Louisiana, but resembles a boot.
No. 6: Oregon Vs Oregon State
Name of Rivalry: Civil War
Name of Trophy: Platypus Trophy
Record: 58-46-10 Oregon
This game always has Pac-10 title implications. Two years ago, the winner of this game would win the conference and play in the Rose Bowl. Oregon went on to win that game and got beat by Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. The trophy was lost for quite a while, but was brought back to the rivalry in 2007.
No. 5: Nebraska Vs Missouri
Name of Rivalry: None
Name of Trophy: Victory Bell
Record: 65-36-3 Nebraska
This game was one of the oldest in the Big XII, but it ended in 2010 due to Nebraska's move to the Big Ten. In the last game of this rivalry, Roy Helu Jr. broke the Nebraska rushing record in a game by putting up over 300 yards. The bell was stolen from a church in Nebraska by a Nebraska fraternity. Eventually, it became the rivalry's trophy.
No. 4: Stanford Vs California
Name of Rivalry: The Big Game
Name of Trophy: Stanford Axe
Record: 56-46-11 Stanford
This rivalry has seen some of the craziest plays in college football history. The most memorable would be "The Play," in which Cal used five laterals to get down field and then had to dodge the Stanford band on its way to a touchdown. The axe is full of history. It was used for cutting heads off of Cal dummies during football and baseball games, but Stanford thought it might be jinxed. It was stolen during a baseball game and the handle was broken off. There was a police chase, but the axe ended up in Cal. Some Stanford fans stole it back during a rally and afterward, it was decided that it would be the trophy of the Big Game.
No. 3: Oklahoma Vs Texas
Name of Rivalry: Red River Shootout
Name of Trophy: Golden Hat
Record: 59-41-5 Texas
This game is what used to decide who would represent the South in the Big XII Championship. Now it's just one of the biggest rivalries in the country. The Golden Hat actually was bronze, but was polished and later renamed.
No. 2: Notre Dame Vs USC
Name of Rivalry: None
Name of Trophy: Jeweled Shillelagh
Record: 43-33-5 Notre Dame
This rivalry has seen many storied matchups, as two of the game's most storied programs face off against each other. The trophy is covered in jewels, emeralds for Notre Dame victories and rubies for USC victories.
No. 1: Alabama Vs Auburn
Name of Rivalry: Iron Bowl
Name of Trophy: James E. Foy, V-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy
Record: 40-34-1 Alabama
In recent history, this game has decided who would go on to the conference championship game. Auburn had a six game winning streak in the series, but it was broken in 2008. The trophy was created to represent that the two schools were still friendly, despite the hostile rivalry.