The MacArthur Bowl is a trophy awarded annually by the National Football Foundation (NFF) (owners and operators of the College Football Hall of Fame) to the NCAA Division I FBS college football team(s) that are recognized by the NFF as the National Champions for that season.
|Location||College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta, Georgia|
|Presented by||Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation|
|Website||National Football Foundation|
Much like the NHL's Stanley Cup, the trophy is kept by the winning institution for one year, then passed on to the next year's winner. The trophy, manufactured by Tiffany & Co., is made of 400 ounces (11,000 g) of silver and is fashioned in the shape of a football stadium measuring 25 by 18 inches (64 cm × 46 cm) on its base, and 10 inches (25 cm) in height.
The trophy was the gift of an anonymous donor in honor of General Douglas A. MacArthur, a founder of National Football Foundation. The trophy features his famous quote: "There is no substitute for victory." MacArthur was known to have a keen interest in college football, Army Cadet football in particular. MacArthur had served as student manager of the Army team during his cadet days. During World War II, he sent a telegram congratulating Army on an undefeated 1944 College football season and defeat of Navy in the Army–Navy Game. The telegram read, "The greatest of all Army teams. We have stopped the war to celebrate your magnificent success."
The trophy was first presented in 1959, and has been presented annually since then. Since its inception, there have been occasions where the MacArthur trophy winner differed from the AP Poll winner, Coaches' Poll winner or both. From 1998 to 2013 during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era, the trophy was awarded to the winner of the BCS National Championship Game.
With the advent of the College Football Playoff (CFP), the winner of the CFP National Championship automatically wins the MacArthur Bowl; the trophy is presented to the winning head coach in a ceremony held at the College Football Hall of Fame in the spring following the championship game.
|Alabama||9||1961, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017|
|USC||5||1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 2004|
|Notre Dame||5||1964, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988|
|Ohio State||4||1968, 1970, 2002, 2014|
|Miami (FL)||4||1983, 1987, 1989, 2001|
|Texas||4||1963, 1969, 1970, 2005|
|Clemson||3||1981, 2016, 2018|
|Florida||3||1996, 2006, 2008|
|Nebraska||3||1971, 1994, 1995|
|Oklahoma||3||1975, 1985, 2000|
|Florida State||3||1993, 1999, 2013|
|Michigan State||2||1965, 1966|
|Penn State||2||1982, 1986|
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- "Ohio State Recognized as 2014 NFF MacArthur Bowl Recipient". footballfoundation.org (Press release). National Football Foundation. January 13, 2015.
- "Alabama Recognized as 2017 NFF MacArthur Bowl Recipient". www.footballfoundation.org (Press release). National Football Foundation. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 9, 2018.