Something Worth Playing For

Maryland’s decision to move to the Big Ten Conference has raised a multitude of questions since the switch was announced in late 2012. While many have bemoaned losing the traditions the Terps will leave behind in the ACC, we thought it would be fun to look at the opportunities Maryland has for new traditions to develop in the Big Ten. One of the chances being discussed, of course, is the formation of a new football rivalry, a real rivalry. Maryland hasn’t had a true conference rival since the days of playing Virginia with none other than the Tydings Trophy on the line. Maryland and Virginia played for the Tydings Trophy from the 1920s until 1945, when the series between the two schools went on hiatus until 1957. There was talk of reviving the trophy in recent years, but Virginia backed out, citing scheduling concerns.

Just two of the Tydings Trophies we have here in the archives.
Just two of the Tydings Trophies we have here in the archives.

Aside from being a material award, one could argue that rivalry trophies bring a little something extra to the game, something to play for and take pride in. The Big Ten already has a plethora of rivalry trophies that are grounded in many years of history. Some of them include: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin – Paul Bunyan’s Axe Michigan vs. Minnesota – The Little Brown Jug Indiana vs. Purdue – The Old Oaken Bucket Iowa vs. Minnesota – Floyd of Rosedale Illinois vs. Northwestern – The Land of Lincoln Trophy Michigan vs. Michigan State – The Paul Bunyan Trophy

It’s only fair to wonder where Maryland will fit in as one of the newest members of the conference. Rivalries tend to develop themselves over the years, and only time will tell which match-ups we will be circling on our calendars. So we want to ask you–Who do you think will be Maryland’s new rival heading into the Big Ten? What trophy would they play for, and what would it look like?


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