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Maryland already thinking about new trophy games in Big Ten

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If there is one thing the Big Ten has plenty of, it is trophy games. The conference is home to 12 trophy games and that number could be on the rise as two new members join the conference starting tomorrow (July 1). Maryland and Rutgers will join the Big Ten, which should lead to some new rivalries within the conference over the course of time. Both new Big Ten members will have a close regional rival with Penn State, and the two will likely develop a rivalry between each other as well.

Maryland is already getting in the Big Ten flavor by discussing the possible addition of new trophy games with its new regional rivals from Rutgers and Penn State. The Washington Post says a handful of athletic department officials at Maryland have confirmed that to be the case, although the details of those potential trophies are far from being anything worth sharing.

Maryland and Rutgers have zero trophy games, but Penn State has two with Big Ten foes. The Governor’s Victory Bell is awarded to the winner of the Penn State-Minnesota games (last year Minnesota players broke the flimsy trophy), and the Land Grant Trophy is awarded to the winner of any game between Penn State and Michigan State (it is also one of the ugliest trophies in college football). Penn State and Michigan State have not faced each other since 2010, before the Big Ten created divisions with the addition of Nebraska. The two will now be in the same division, so the Land Grant Trophy will again be making an annual appearance.

What would be a good concept for a trophy between Penn State and Maryland? Perhaps something relating to the Mason-Dixon Line? What about Maryland and Rutgers? Perhaps a three-way trophy could be started up for the winner of the Maryland-Penn State-Rutgers match-ups as well, along the lines of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for Air Force, Army and Navy?

If anything, I would like to formally propose if Maryland beats Ohio State and Illinois in the same season, then the Terps gain control of the Illibuck until either team defeats them.

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30 Responses to “Maryland already thinking about new trophy games in Big Ten”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jun 30, 2014 5:47 PM

    They gotta fill that case somehow.

  2. manik56 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:50 PM

    No! Being our only trophy game now that the B1G is split into two divisions (The Michigan game used to be for the B1G Trophy seemingly every year), the Illibuck belongs to Ohio State and we will not share it with anyone (unless Juice Williams has eligibility left).

  3. hodag54501 says: Jun 30, 2014 5:57 PM

    Forgotten was the Wisconsin-Minnesota trophy: Paul Bunyan’s Ax. I believe it’s the oldest traveling trophy in college football. To the best of my knowledge no one has been injured by a this two-bladed ax.

  4. kosarkid says: Jun 30, 2014 6:25 PM

    Golden Shower Cap?

  5. planecrashguy says: Jun 30, 2014 6:50 PM

    New Guy Trophy for the Maryland v Rutger winner?

  6. jrs45 says: Jun 30, 2014 6:51 PM

    Maryland beating Ohio St??? Not gonna happen buddy.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Jun 30, 2014 6:54 PM

    Why? Will Ohio St suddenly not suck this year?

  8. mogogo1 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:07 PM

    Tired of how every year is going to be the one where Maryland gets over the hump. That ain’t happening under Edsall so they must have somebody new in the wings if they expect to win any trophies.

  9. mrlaloosh says: Jun 30, 2014 7:16 PM

    All those ridiculous trophies are the only ones any team from the big X will win. Certainly not the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY! Never happen. Penn State could start the “don’t drop the soap” trophy.

  10. charles130 says: Jun 30, 2014 7:46 PM

    Congratulations Big Ten on “taking over” two-fifths of the DC market as well as the 8% of NJ who doesn’t follow Notre Dame, Miami, or the SEC.

  11. dugst88 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:09 PM

    Rutgers and Maryland, the B1G CUPCAKE has a new handle. “MSU &THE BAKERS DOZEN”

  12. corvusrex96 says: Jun 30, 2014 8:32 PM

    Considering Maryland’s record vs PSU 1-29-1. It really doesn’t matter what they call the trophy as it won’t be spending much time in College Park

  13. thefiesty1 says: Jun 30, 2014 9:03 PM

    They should both set up a trophy with Indiana and/or Purdue, or just between themselves. That way they might have a chance to “bring home” a trophy.

  14. handsofsweed says: Jun 30, 2014 9:11 PM

    “Why? Will Ohio St suddenly not suck this year?”

    Psssst….Jack. Hey, Jack.

    That giant, rusty, block O-shaped Scarlet dent that’s been kicked in your a$$ is showing yet again. Might wanna cover that up. Not a good look.

  15. jrs45 says: Jun 30, 2014 9:21 PM

    Ya! Take that jack!!! LoL

  16. classyjacklambert says: Jun 30, 2014 9:41 PM

    Um what? I went to Clemson and I’m pretty sure there were cleat marks across those lame helmets courtesy of Sammy Watkins last year.

  17. overratedgators says: Jun 30, 2014 9:58 PM

    Since it’s Maryland, I’d propose a statue of a crab cake.

    But good luck keeping Jameis Winston away from it.

  18. jrs45 says: Jun 30, 2014 10:20 PM

    Clemson? Why are you trolling on here then?

    Hasn’t clemson been searching for that trophy since 81 anyways???

  19. dmvtransplant says: Jun 30, 2014 10:29 PM

    @ mrlaloosh

    I guess they don’t broadcast the Rose Bowl where you live?

  20. stonegossardstyle says: Jun 30, 2014 11:14 PM

    They should think about winning a Big Ten game first. Not sure that’s going to happen this year.

  21. brianjoates says: Jul 1, 2014 1:58 AM

    Terps don’t need a forced rivalry with psu. It’s still weird seeing people proudly wearing psu gear, you do a double take and it brings up a bad reminder of what took place. Think it’s going to take many years for that reaction for non psu supporters to get past.

  22. classyjacklambert says: Jul 1, 2014 7:56 AM

    Yes the last time we won a national championship was 1981, three years after we beat OSU so bad in the gator bowl the best coach in OSU history decided he’d rather shame himself instead of coach there any longer.

  23. jec332 says: Jul 1, 2014 8:36 AM

    “Terps don’t need a forced rivalry with psu. It’s still weird seeing people proudly wearing psu gear, you do a double take and it brings up a bad reminder of what took place. Think it’s going to take many years for that reaction for non psu supporters to get past.”

    Haha, oh Brian. I feel the same way when I see people wearing Maryland gear. How could people be proud about going there?

    I don’t care for a rivalry with Maryland. Honestly, Penn State is too good of a program to be “rivals” with the likes of a Maryland. Maryland is 1-35 all-time against Penn State. That’s on the same level as Temple. Penn State is also ranked significantly higher for academics than Maryland( 37 vs 62 nationally), so we beat you off the field as well.

    Nobody left at Penn State was involved, so there’s no lingering guilt. Basically, nobody at Penn State cares if you feel weird, and Penn State has a lot to be proud about. You should get used to being not as good. Welcome.

  24. laxer37 says: Jul 1, 2014 9:01 AM

    The charm of these trophy games is their history. If you have to manufacture a rivalry you are missing the point and appear more than a bit pathetic.

  25. cubano76 says: Jul 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    Just curious what horrific / eye bleeding Under Armour uniforms Maryland will break out this year in honor of them joining the Big Ten?

  26. philliesblow says: Jul 1, 2014 11:46 AM

    “Perhaps a three-way trophy could be started up for the winner of the Maryland-Penn State-Rutgers match-ups as well, ….”

    Call it the Menage-a-trophy

  27. swede700 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:39 PM

    Maryland and Illinois have to have the Cumberland Road Trophy.

  28. duvisited says: Jul 2, 2014 9:12 PM

    The Golden Cable Box, awarded each year to the Maryland-Rutgers winner.

  29. tigersfandan says: Jul 3, 2014 2:58 PM

    Maybe they should wait a few years and see how things shake out before deciding who their rivals are. The good rivalries are ones that grow over time, not ones that are forced to exist.

  30. klownboy says: Jul 3, 2014 11:06 PM

    As sore as I am over Maryland leaving the ACC for the B1G, I think both conferences came out as winners, in different ways of course.

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