The new College Football Playoff trophy, which resembles the tall, slender shape of a pilsner beer glass, was unveiled Monday morning in Irving, Texas.
The handcrafted trophy is made from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, stands 26 1/2 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. The base is made from bronze with a heat-applied and hand-rubbed black patina finish, according to the trophy literature, stands 12 inches high and weighs 30 pounds.
But it appears the opening is covered with a football-shaped icon, so, unlike the Stanley Cup, no beverage will be consumed from the trophy.
The trophy, to be presented to the College Football Playoff champion, was designed by Pentagram and hand-crafted by Polich Tallix in Rock Tavern, N.Y.
The announcement was made a couple of hours before Southeastern Conference football Media Days started in Hoover, Ala., so no immediate reaction was available from the coaches who have been in the best position to win the thing, with seven national championships in the past eight years.
The crystal ball trophy, which had been awarded to the BCS national champion after the title game, will continue to exist. The trophy technically went to the team that finished first in the final coaches’ poll, and the national champion automatically was that team.
The crystal trophy will continue to be awarded to the final No. 1 team in the coaches’ poll.