The much debated Bowl Championship Series came to an end last season, signifying an end to an era of college football history. This also means that the crystal football BCS Championship trophy was awarded for the last time to the Florida State Seminoles.
The College Football Playoff starts this season, and with it comes a new trophy to be awarded to the top team.
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock unveiled the more than two-foot-high trophy Monday. Made from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, the bottom of the trophy is shaped like a football and rises to form an actual-sized ball at the top.
Hancock says the trophy, which weighs about 35 pounds, is designed to be hoisted from its foot-high base. Hancock took a selfie with the trophy, but says the first hoisting will be reserved for the winner of the first national championship game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
When addressing the cost of the trophy, Hancock called it a “priceless one-of-a-kind piece of art.”
Fans of college football had somewhat of a mixed reaction to the trophy.
“It looks like a fancy beer tap,” one journalist said at SEC Media Days 2014.
Fans of the crystal football have spoken in a united voice, saying, “We don’t like the new trophy.”
Though fewer in number, there were some who voiced their support for the new trophy.
Love it or hate it, every team wants a shot to display the new trophy in their trophy room.
So, what do you think? Is the new national championship trophy ugly? Is it something you will grow to love once your favorite team brings it home a time or two?
Let us know your feelings in the comments below.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.