The South Alabama Jaguars and Troy Trojans have had a nice rivalry going for the last few years ever since the former joined the Sun Belt Conference. In their fourth edition of the rivalry, the team will finally have a trophy to play for.
It’s no secret that many college and professional athletes are huge professional wrestling fans. The two schools have certainly embraced their players’ passion for the WWE and it will show in the type of trophy they play for this weekend.
According to College Football Talk, the two teams have revealed that they will play for a WWE title belt-type trophy beginning on Saturday, October 3. There is not a picture of the trophy available, but I’m sure it will be awesome.
“In the hearts of students, Troy has always been our biggest rival. The ‘Battle for the Belt’ is the culmination of those passions,” said South Alabama Student Government Association President Ravi Rajendra. “The introduction of the trophy to the rivalry will offer a new way for Jag Nation to connect with our football program. The concept behind the Belt stemmed from our student body and was accompanied by insight from our football team; the football team really liked the concept of a wrestling belt, and the Belt also plays off of the Sun Belt Conference of which both Troy and USA are members.”
These two teams hope that this will help strengthen the relationship between the two universities. Battling for a cool title belt will bring a “main event” hype to the game this weekend.
“The reason behind this upcoming week is not to tear two group’s leaders apart, but to solidify our separate yet unified University spirits and drive towards excellence,” added Heath Barton, President of the Troy Student Government Association. “We encourage everyone at these two schools who have launched some of Alabama’s greatest individuals to enjoy coming together, as one, to partake in one of the state’s greatest rivalries.”
Troy leads the series 2-1, but the Jaguars won the game in 2014, 27-13 and they are 2-2, while the Trojans have only managed one win so far in 2015.
The game is set to take place in Troy at 7:00 p.m. and it can be seen on ESPN3.
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