College Football Playoff Unveils National Championship Trophy

College Football Playoff Trophy

by Travis Normand

Yes, I am analyzing the new national championship trophy.  However, if you have been reading my site and if you know me at all, you know that I have a particular fascination with all things college football trophy related.

  • See the press release Here
  • See the College Football Playoff Trophy info sheet Here
  • See the College Football Playoff’s website Here

So the College Football Playoff unveiled its national championship trophy on July 14, 2014. While I like the new trophy (and I think it will continue to grow on me), it is no where near the trophy that was given out during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era (see the AFCA National Championship Trophy).  There is something so simplistic and fantastic about the crystal football that was awarded to the BCS champion, which was not captured in this new trophy.

The College Football Playoff Trophy info sheet states:

Standing at a total height of three feet, the trophy and base are two integral but separate pieces, so the trophy may be lifted up independently when it is awarded at the championship game.

I found this to be a peculiar feature for the new trophy as it is not like the base is so large that it needs to be separated in order to be passed around.

AFCA National Championship Trophy

The AFCA trophy was actually a large base with a crystal football on top.  It made perfect sense that the crystal football could be removed from its base, almost as if the crystal football was the trophy and the large base was just the display stand.

I can’t help but think that the committee charged with designing this new trophy was trying to recreate the feel of the crystal football when they decided that the new trophy would separate into two parts.  While this isn’t really a big deal, or a bad idea, I do find it interesting as I would have guessed the new playoff would want there to be little to no comparisons drawn between itself and the BCS era.  In fact, according to this article by Dennis Dodd at CBSSports.com, “CFP officials and commissioners wanted to get away from a connection with the BCS” (and that this was part of their reasoning for commissioning a new trophy for the playoff champion).

Note:  The BCS did not commission its own official trophy and it was the Coaches Trophy / AFCA Trophy that was awarded during the BCS era.  On the other hand, this new trophy has been officially commissioned by the College Football Playoff.  However, the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy will still be presented to the No. 1 ranked team in the final Coaches’ Poll of the season.   

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