It has gone to every national champion since 1959. Now LSU will claim the MacArthur Bowl for a third time, after defeating Clemson for the national title in New Orleans.
The MacArthur Bowl trophy is a Tiffany & Co. designed silver replica of a football stadium engraved with the names of the winning national championship teams. It features MacArthur’s famous quote: “There is no substitute for victory.” It is housed at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Coach Ed Orgeron and LSU will be presented the award this spring in Atlanta.
LSU went 15-0 for the first time in school history. Seven of LSU’s 15 wins came against teams ranked in the Top 10, the most of any team in college football history.
LSU is one of six schools — Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska and Oklahoma the others — who boast being three-time recipients. The Tigers previously won the MacArthur Bowl in 2003 under coach Nick Saban and again in 2007 under Les Miles.
Twenty-four different schools have claimed the trophy at least once during its 61-year history. Alabama has hoisted it the most, claiming it eight times.
A team in the SEC — including Georgia in 1980 — has claimed the trophy 17 times.
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