Doc 5: Top five trophies in college football -- No. 2 Keg of Nails

Doc 5: Top five trophies in college football -- No. 2 Keg of Nails

This offseason we will count down various topics from Monday through Friday, bringing you the top five of the important and definitely some not so important issues in college football. It's the Doc Five, every week until we will thankfully have actual games to discuss.

With the Stanley Cup getting underway last week, we were thinking about some of the best trophies in sports. Of course, we were specifically thinking of the many trophies that are awarded to teams in rivalry games across the country. Instead of showcasing the best ones, we decided to look at the worst ones, culminating with the Milk Can from that is awarded to the winner of the Boise State-Fresno State game.

With those wacky trophies out of the way, we felt like it was only right to keep the trophy theme going with the best trophies in college football.

There are dozens and dozens to choose from, but we managed to narrow it down to a top five after careful consideration.

Let’s get started.


No. 2 – Keg of Nails

When it comes to home improvement projects, using a hammer and nails can be the best part. And most people have fond memories of kegs from their time in college. So let's combine the two for this entry, shall we?

Sadly, the Keg of Nails trophy is not actually full of nails, otherwise it would be clearly No. 1. (According to Cincinnati, no one knows if it ever was.) The trophy between Cincinnati and Louisville started in 1929 and got its name after the players from the winning team were deemed to be "as tough as nails." The keg itself is a replica of a nail keg.

However, Louisville lost the original trophy during construction of its athletic facilities. Don't ask us how that happened, but apparently it got misplaced and never found. Or someone may be hiding it to keep forever, because it's a keg for nails. Maybe the original is being used as an actual keg of nails? That'd be awesome.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series at 30-22-1 and the lead is thanks to a 12-game winning streak to start the rivalry.

Last year, the game went to overtime as Louisville beat Cincinnati 31-24 in a game that was 14-10 in the fourth quarter. The game was at Cincinnati and the first 5,000 students at the game got a replica of the trophy.

Why? Well, Louisville may be keeping the trophy for a long time. With the Cardinals' move to the ACC for 2014 and beyond, the Keg of Nails game is ceasing to exist in the near future. Thankfully, it's a series that has survived a hiatus before. The 12-game winning streak Cincinnati had came in a span of almost 40 years. The matchup didn't become an almost annual one until 1969.

Hopefully it can live again after this upcoming break. And more importantly, that Louisville doesn't lose the damn trophy again. It'd be a shame to have to make a third Keg of Nails.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!