Amidst NBA Free Agency and the FIFA World Cup yearnings for the return of football season have been brewing. Three days after the world found out LeBron James will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the day after the World Cup came to a close, traces of football have begun to surface.
Today, College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock uncovered the latest national championship trophy to accompany the newly implemented Playoff system in college football. According to ESPN, the trophy is over 2-feet-tall, weighs approximately 35 pounds and has a “priceless” price tag label.
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.
The arrival of the trophy marks the end of a 15 year FBS era and thus ends the production of the inaugural Coaches’ Trophy, the national championship trophy that preceded the College Football Playoff’s 2 foot 24-karat gold keepsake.
The Coaches’ Trophy is relatively 8-pounds and valued at $30,000. It’s made entirely of Waterford Crystal and takes three months to make.
The two are vastly different in every aspect but one: the team that hoists it into the air at the end of the last game of the football season will be dubbed the National Champion.
The new look reminds fans that a new age of college football has arrived.
What does the College Football Playoff system change? The major change is the selection committee and their responsibilities. Instead of the No. 1 and No. 2 team playing for the Title, the committee will select four teams to battle in a playoff style series of games until two teams are left to battle for the Championship. The teams will be chosen based on strength of schedule, head to head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships previously won, and other minor factors.
Another change the public will notice is the rankings, the playoff system has forgone the weekly rankings and decided to release only seven rankings throughout the season. For the upcoming season the ranking dates are as follows:
- October 28
- November 4
- November 11
- November 18
- November 25
- December 2
- December 7
December 7, officially dubbed as “Selection Sunday” will reveal the selection committees four picks for the championship playoff as well as the match-ups for the six bowl games that will be played outside of the playoff. [All State Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl]
The structure of college football is surely changing, but any way the cake is sliced– football is almost here.
MEET THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SELECTION COMMITTEE
Jeff Long – 35 years college football experience. Assistance coach, student-athlete, administrator.
Barry Alvarez – 38 years college football experience. head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and athletics director.
Mike Gould – Former Air Force aide to the President of the United States. Former Superintendent of U.S. Air Force Academy.
Pat Haden – Two time College football national Championship winner with USC. NFL Pro-Bowler
Tom Jernstedt – executive NCAA career for 38 years.
Oliver Luck – Two time MVP, record setting quarterback at WVU. NFL experience.
Archie Manning – its Archie Manning, enough said. ( College Football Hall of Fame, SEC most valuable player, NFL Quarterback, two time Pro-Bowler, SEC quarterback of a quarter century.)
Tom Osborne – College Football Hall of Fame, 3 college football national championships, ESPN coach of the decade (1990’s), 42 years college football experience- head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and athletics director.
Dan Radakovich – 30 years college football experience as student-athlete, athletics director and associate athletics director.
Condoleezza Rica – Former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor.Chosen four times as one of Time magazines “100 Most Influential People. Twice named “Most Powerful Woman in the World” by Forbes Magazine.
Mike Tranghese – Longest-serving commissioner of the Big East Conference.
Steve Wieberg – Top college football writer for USA Today and a sportswriter for more than 30 years.
Tyrone Willingham – 36 years college football experience as head coach, assistant coach and walk-on, two-sport student-athlete