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The Quick 10: 10 Weird College Football Trophies

Stacy Conradt
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Iowa is a state divided this weekend. Our two biggest schools "“ Iowa State and the University of Iowa "“ face off at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames tomorrow (that's ISU turf). The winner not only gets bragging rights, but also the coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy. Ain't she a beaut, Clark?

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OK, maybe it's not the most original trophy out there. These 10 are a bit more creative.

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2. The Dutchman's Shoes trophy goes to the winner of an annual game between Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, New York, and the Union College Dutchmen of Schenectady, NY.

3. Paul Bunyan's Axe is the mythical object at stake when the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off against the University of Wisconsin Badgers. Prior to the Axe, the two schools traded the Slab of Bacon trophy.

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6. The Little Brown Jug was lost by Michigan coach Fielding Yost during a 1903 game against Minnesota. The game ended in a tie, but Minnesota found the jug and kept it as sort of a victory trophy, writing the score on the side and making sure that Minnesota's name was much bigger. When Yost asked that the jug be returned, the head of the Minnesota athletic department told him he would have to win it back. It has been the trophy between the two schools ever since, even though Michigan seems to have it most of the time "“ they lead Minnesota in wins, 66 games to 22.

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8. The Jeweled Shillelagh between Notre Dame and USC is really quite the prize "“ the Irish club is studded with rubies and emeralds. Every Irish win is another emerald shamrock for the shillelagh and every Trojan win is another ruby Trojan head. The original became so gem-adorned in 1989 that it had to be retired; it now resides at Notre Dame. The new one was thrown into rotation in 1997 and is currently in Los Angeles.

9. Although the Illibuck sounds like a mythical creature along the lines of unicorns and pegasuses (pegasi?), the Illibuck is actually just a little wooden turtle that sometimes lives in Illinois and sometimes lives in Ohio. The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio Buckeyes duke it out for the honor of taking Illy Illibuck home every year. Like Floyd of Rosedale, the "trophy" was an actual turtle from 1925-1927, then was replaced with a wooden likeness once the original turtle passed on. The turtle's shell holds the year and the scores, but since there's only room for so much writing on the back of a turtle, the current Illy is the ninth incarnation (10th if you count the living turtle).

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Does your college or alma mater trade a weird trophy? Share in the comments! And Go Cyclones!!

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