College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy
The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is the trophy awarded to the winner of the College Football Playoff (CFP), the postseason tournament in American college football that determines a national champion for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). It is currently held by the Clemson Tigers, who won the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship to cap the 2018 season. The 26.5-inch-tall (67 cm), 35-pound (16 kg) trophy is oblong-shaped like a football at the base, tapering up to a flattened full-size football at the top. It is made of 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, with the bulk of the trophy gold-colored and the football at the top a gray metallic color. The football's four laces represent the four playoff teams.
|College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy|
|Given for||Winner of the College Football Playoff National Championship|
|Presented by||College Football Playoff|
|Most recent||Clemson Tigers|
The trophy is separate from its 12-inch-tall bronze base, so it can be hoisted. The base is finished in black patina and weighs 30 pounds (14 kg). Dr Pepper sponsors the trophy, paying an estimated $35 million for the sponsorship rights through 2020. The trophy was unveiled on July 14, 2014.
College Football Playoff officials commissioned the trophy for the new playoff system, preferring a new award that was unconnected with the previous Bowl Championship Series (BCS) postseason system which was sometimes controversial. Winners of the BCS National Championship Game were awarded the AFCA "crystal football" trophy through the 2013 season.
|Season||Winner||Championship game||Game location|
|2014||Ohio State||Ohio State 42, Oregon 20||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|2015||Alabama||Alabama 45, Clemson 40||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona|
|2016||Clemson||Clemson 35, Alabama 31||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida|
|2017||Alabama||Alabama 26, Georgia 23||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia|
|2018||Clemson||Clemson 44, Alabama 16||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California|
- Eric Prisbell, College Football Playoff national championship trophy unveiled, USA Today, July 14, 2014
- Associated Press (July 15, 2014). "College Football Playoff's trophy is golden". Concord Monitor. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
- "College Football Playoff Unveils National Championship Trophy". College Football Playoff. July 14, 2014. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
- Anthony Crupi (March 25, 2014). "ESPN Inks Dr Pepper as First Mega-Sponsor of the College Football Playoff Series". Adweek. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Dennis Dodd (July 23, 2013). "New College Football Playoff will reportedly feature a new trophy". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 6 December 2014.