One of the great Big Ten football traditions is our traveling rivalry trophies. So, naturally, Maryland and Rutgers fans are eager to talk about who their respective schools will develop rivalries with, whether trophies will be created, and what those trophies might look like. To them, I'd like to offer a piece of friendly advice: Be patient.
A look at current and former Big Ten rivalry trophies shows us that these things really come in two varieties. On one hand, you have classic, old-school, history and tradition laden objects that are in some cases bizarre, but typically have a cool story behind them. And on the other you get politically correct, corporatized, focus-grouped garbage that either gets roundly (and deservedly) mocked or ignored altogether.
In the first camp, we have such gems as Paul Bunyan's Axe (Minnesota v. Wisconsin), the Slab of Bacon (formerly Minnesota v. Wisconsin... yes, they're good at this), the Illibuck (Illinois v. Ohio State), the Little Brown Jug (M*chigan v. Minnesota), the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana v. Purdue), and the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk (formerly Illinois v. Northwestern). Compare those to monstrosities like the Land Grant Trophy (Michigan State v. Penn State), the Governor's Victory Bell (Minnesota v. Penn State), whatever that thing was that Iowa and Iowa State tried to created for themselves that one time (I know that ISU isn't in the Big Ten, but the trophy's so bad that it had to be mentioned), the Land of Lincoln Trophy (Illinois v. Northwestern), and the Heroes Tophy (Iowa v. Nebraska), and I think you'll get my point.
Give it a few years. Play your new conference foes a couple of times. Figure out who you love to hate, and why, and whether they love to hate you back. And maybe you'll get lucky, and someone will forget a water jug in your stadium; or buy a pet turtle that, tragically, dies too young; or steal from some farmer's well a bucket that might have been used by a civil war general.
Now, something like that would be B1G.