With the end of the college football season approaching, we know what that means: in-state tussles and other rivalry games are upon us. As such and in honor of the short-lived new Cy-Hawk Trophy, let’s look at some of the worst rivalry trophies that are handed out to the winners of those games.
As you will see, not all teams play for beauties like Paul Bunyan’s Axe between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
10. CMU/WMU Rivalry Trophy (C. Michigan-W. Michigan)
These in-state rivals started playing in 1907 and have played to fairly even results. However, the trophy wasn’t first awarded until 2008.
First, the creators of the trophy weren’t exactly creative when coming up with the name. And the bronze cannon on the top refers to the cannons that blast off at each teams’ stadium after a score. While a cannon is cool and all, it has no significance to the rivalry and we give it a thumbs down.
9. Textile Bowl Trophy (NC State-Clemson)
The trophy was introduced in 1981, when the series was dubbed the Textile Bowl because the teams competing are two of the largest textile universities in the country. The trophy itself isn’t out of the ordinary, but it’s a large cup that has nothing to do with textiles.
Oh yeah, and textiles have nothing to do with football. Double failure.
8. Iron Skillet (TCU-SMU)
We originally thought this was a cool trophy until we saw the light and realized that the two teams are playing for a frying pan.
The tradition began when an SMU fan fried up some frog legs in a skillet before the game and drew the ire of TCU fans who saw their mascot getting cooked. Yep, a story perfectly fit for this ridiculous kitchen utensil trophy.
7. Land Grant Trophy (Penn State-Michigan State)
This rivalry originated in 1993, when Penn State joined the Big Ten. The trophy’s name came from the two universities reputations as two of the nation’s oldest land-grant universities.
With a Nittany Lion and Spartan plus buildings from both campuses on it, have you seen this thing? It’s easier to lift a coach on the players’ shoulders and just a piece of all-around ridiculous hardware.
6. Milk Can (Boise State-Fresno State)
Boise State and Fresno State met for the first time in 1977 and the trophy was introduced in 2005 to spice things up between these then-WAC members.
The milk can was chosen as a trophy because both California and Idaho are two of the country’s top dairy producers, lending local dairy companies to get involved with the meeting between the teams. While Indy 500 race car winners chugging a bottle of milk is awesome, the Boise State-Fresno knockoff isn’t nearly as cool.
Rule of thumb: Anything found in a kitchen shouldn’t be a trophy.
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