College football playoff trophy is unveiled

IRVING, Texas — A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock unveiled the more than 2-foot-high trophy Monday. Made from 24-karat gold, bronze and stainless steel, the bottom of the trophy is shaped like a football and rises to form an actual-sized ball at the top. There are four laces, reflective of the four teams that will make it to the playoffs.

When addressing the cost of the trophy, Hancock called it a “priceless one-of-a-kind piece of art.”

The trophy, which weighs about 35 pounds, is designed to be hoisted from its foot-high bronze base that weighs another 30 pounds.

Hancock took a selfie with the trophy sitting in its base but said the first hoisting will be reserved for the winner of the first national championship game Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.

“It can be lifted out of the base and hoisted in quite an inspirational manner,” Hancock said.

The trophy will be taken to different locations before the season, including Los Angeles this week, and showcased at several college football games during the season.

According to a news release, created by the international design consultancy, Pentagram, the trophy was then commissioned and handcrafted by the fine art foundry, Polich Tallix, in Rock Tavern, New York. Craftsmen at the foundry worked for three months, combining cutting-edge technologies with timeless metal casting and finishing techniques to create the trophy.

The trophy is 26.5 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. The base is formed from bronze with a heat-applied and hand-rubbed black patina finish, and is 12 inches high, weighing 30 pounds. The total weight of the trophy and base is approximately 65 pounds.

ESPN sets playoff selection show for Dec. 7

The semifinal matchups for the first College Football Playoff will be announced Dec. 7 on ESPN.

The network said Monday the four teams chosen by the selection committee to compete for the national championship will be disclosed at 11:45 a.m. at the top of the College Football Playoff Selection Show.

This season the semifinals will be played at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The pairings for the other four New Year’s games that are part of the playoff rotation will be announced by the selection committee by 2 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, who is the chairman of the selection committee, will be interviewed on the show.

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