College football’s most unique rivalry trophies

College football is built on tradition, and some of the best traditions in the country come in the form of rivalry trophies. What would a rivalry be without a crazy-awesome trophy the victors get to hold over their heads following a win?

Often times, the winner lays claim to the trophy until the next meeting. Not only does it look good in the case, but it also provides real recruiting power for a head coach.

We’ve dug through America’s greatest rivalries to find the most unique trophies in the country. They range from normal to the absurd, and all are simply awesome.

Territorial Cup: Arizona-Arizona State

First Meeting: 1899

Fun Fact: The Territorial Cup has been certified as the NCAA’s oldest trophy.

Beehive Boot: Utah-BYU (Holy War)

First Meeting: 1896

Fun Fact: Utah’s 2003, 3-0 victory was the first time BYU had been shut out since 1975–a streak of 361 games.

Chancellor’s Spurs: Texas-Texas Tech

First Meeting: 1928

Fun Fact: The trophy exchange started in 1996, which was the first time both schools had a chancellor at the same time.

Commander-in-Chief Trophy: Army-Navy-Air Force

Trophy Originated: 1972

Fun Fact: America’s other two military service academies, the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine (both DIII), participate in a separate rivalry called the Secretaries Cup.

Floyd of Rosedale Trophy: Iowa-Minnesota

First Meeting: 1891

Fun Fact: Floyd of Rosedale is named after former Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson, who bet, and won, a live pig in the 1935 game.

Fremont Cannon: Nevada-UNLV (Battle for Nevada)

First Meeting: 1969

Fun Fact: After a victory in 2000, UNLV’s students dropped the cannon while celebrating. The Rebels paid $1,500 for its repairs.

Golden Boot: Arkansas-LSU

First Meeting: 1901

Fun Fact: The boot is made out of 24-karat gold, stands over four feet tall, and weighs 175 pounds.

Golden Egg Trophy: Mississippi State-Ole Miss (Egg Bowl)

First Meeting: 1901

Fun Fact: In 1907, Ole Miss coach Frank A. Mason attempted to warm his team up with whiskey-laced coffee.

Golden Hat: Oklahoma-Texas (Red River Rivalry)

First Meeting: 1900

Fun Fact: Every year ROTC members from each school run one game ball from their respective campus to Dallas.

Illibuck: Illinois-Ohio State

First Meeting: 1902

Fun Fact: The initial Illibuck Trophy was a live turtle. Since 1927, the trophy has been a carved, wooden turtle.

Indian War Drum: Kansas-Missouri (Border War)

First Meeting: 1891

Fun Fact: The Indian War Drum disappeared in the 1980s, so a New Mexican tribe, the Taos, built a new one.

Iron Skillet: SMU-TCU

First Meeting: 1915

Fun Fact: The Iron Skillet originated from a fan bet over frying frog legs.

Jefferson Eppes Trophy: Florida State-Virginia

First Meeting: 1992

Fun Fact: The trophy is named after UVA founder Thomas Jefferson and his grandson Francis Eppes VII, a former Tallahassee mayor.

Jeweled Shillelagh: Notre Dame-USC

First Meeting: 1926

Fun Fact: The winning team gets its own personalized jewel, engraved with score, added to the trophy.

Keg of Nails: Cincinnati-Louisville

First Meeting: 1929

Fun Fact: The trophy is meant to symbolize a team who is “tough as nails.”

Land of Lincoln Trophy: Illinois-Northwestern

First Meeting: 1892

Fun Fact: Other trophies in this rivalry have included a cigar store indian and a tomahawk.

Little Brown Jug: Michigan-Minnesota

First Meeting: 1892

Fun Fact: The Little Brown Jug is named after a 1869 song composed by Joseph Winner.

Milk Can: Boise State-Fresno State

First Meeting: 1977

Fun Fact: The Milk Can was the brainchild of competing dairy groups, the Bronco Dairy Boosters and South Valley Dairy Group.

Old Brass Spittoon: Michigan State-Indiana

First Meeting: 1922

Fun Fact: The spittoon was purchased at an antique shop in Lansing.

Old Oaken Bucket: Indiana-Purdue

First Meeting: 1891

Fun Fact: Old Oaken Bucket refers to an 1817 poem by Samuel Woodworth.

Old Wagon Wheel: BYU-Utah State

First Meeting: 1922

Fun Fact: BYU and Utah State usually meet on the first Friday of October.

Paddlewheel Trophy: Cincinnati-Pittsburgh (River City Rivalry)

First Meeting: 1921

Fun Fact: Bells ring when the lever is pulled to the side of the winning team.

Palladium Trophy: Troy-Middle Tennessee (Battle for the Palladium)

First Meeting: 1936

Fun Fact: Greek mythology states that the owner of the Palladium gains a supernatural advantage over opponents, making it harder for them to be overtaken.

Paul Bunyan Trophy: Michigan-Michigan State

First Meeting: 1898

Fun Fact: The trophy and base stand at a combined height of nine feet tall.

Paul Bunyan’s Axe: Minnesota-Wisconsin

First Meeting: 1890

Fun Fact: Minnesota-Wisconsin is the longest running rivalry in FBS. Its first trophy was the Slab of Bacon.

Platypus Trophy: Oregon-Oregon State (Civil War)

First Meeting: 1894

Fun Fact: The Platypus Trophy was lost for 40 years before being discovered in a closet at Oregon’s McArthur Court in 2005.

Ram-Falcon Trophy: Colorado State-Air Force

First Meeting: 1957

Fun Fact: The Ram-Falcon Trophy was first proposed by a former Colorado State ROTC commander.

Shillelagh Trophy: Notre Dame-Purdue

First Meeting: 1896

Fun Fact: The Shillelagh was donated by a Notre Dame supporter who bought it in Ireland.

Telephone Trophy: Missouri-Iowa State

First Meeting: 1896

Fun Fact: There have been three separate game where phones in the coaches’ boxes were wired improperly, which allowed teams to hear communications from either sideline.

The Troll: Concordia-St. Olaf

First Meeting: 1974

Fun Fact: The Toll was purchased for $125 in Norway.

Victory Bell: Miami (OH)-Cincinnati (Battle for the Bell)

First Meeting: 1888

Fun Fact: While there are other Victory Bell Trophies, the Battle for the Bell is the oldest non-conference rivalry.

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