The Land Grant Trophy is not the best-known trophy in college football. It’s not the most prestigious. It’s not the sleekest.
But the prize — which typically needs a few linemen to help hoist it — has a special place for players, coaches and fans from Penn State and Michigan State. James Franklin won the trophy for the first time last season as the Nittany Lions blew out Michigan State, 45-12, and he’s gained an appreciation for the clunky reward.
During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Franklin called the Land Grant Trophy “the most beautiful trophy in all of college football.”
“We take a lot of pride in keeping the most beautiful trophy in all of college football home, the Land Grant Trophy,” Franklin said.
Michigan State and Penn State — both land grant schools — started playing for the prize in 1993 after Penn State entered the Big Ten. David Jones of PennLive laid out the history of the Land Grant Trophy in 2014.
Penn State is 14-7 against Michigan State since joining the Big Ten. Michigan State has won three of the last four meetings, however.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 27, 2016