Last college football season was the end of the Bowl Championship Series era and the end of the crystal trophy that was associated with it. Plans for the playoff were revealed not long after the end of the season. A four team playoff will culminate in a championship game in January. These games will rotate between existing bowl sites. However, big news came today the new trophy was unveiled. College Football Playoff executive Bill Hancock said the goal was a “contemporary, bold and modern” design that was chosen after viewing dozens of options and post-championship celebrations.
The new trophy is 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel and is more than two feet tall. Designed to be hoisted from the base, it has a regulation size stainless steel football at the top encased in gold. It's definitely modern and a departure from the crystal of old. It is also fancier than other existing major college trophies despite swapping crystal for gold. Also, less likely to have to be gingerly handled as players fight the post-game adrenaline. Having a trophy that is one piece will be a change more akin to the Vince Lombardi trophy than the football on a pedestal. Hardly anyone could tell what the base of the BCS trophy looked like from celebratory photos. The trophy will first be awarded on January 12, 2015 after the title game in Arlington, Texas. The defending champion Florida State Seminoles hope to be there to claim the new prize, as they aim to begin and end their season in Arlington. Who are the other challengers?