The Troy Trojans and South Alabama Jaguars are each of the respective school's biggest rival, and the matchup has just gotten even bigger. As if the history that Larry Blakeney has created for Troy and the excitement that Joey Jones has brought to Mobile aren't enough, they've now taken things a step further.
The two teams have added a trophy to this year's contest, as well as giving the rivalry a name.
The game will now be known as the "Battle For The Belt." The winner of Saturday's game will receive a large, wrestling-style belt. Observe:
Here is the belt the Trojans & Jaguars will be playing for on Saturday #RTW #Blackout #BattleForTheBelt pic.twitter.com/WZwagHCzlA— Troy Football (@TroyTrojansFB) September 28, 2015
WE EVEN HAVE VIDEO, PEOPLE.
#BattleForTheBelt pic.twitter.com/FEWpNeqMgU— JagNationTV (@JagNationTV) September 29, 2015
Troy head coach Neal Brown, who will be making his Sun Belt Conference debut this Saturday against South Alabama, is a fan of the changes made to the rivalry.
"It's a natural rivalry game. It's a game where a lot of our guys know theirs, and vice versa. We're close in proximity. We play in the same conference. We battle on the recruiting front a lot. I think it's worthy of a trophy."
He is not the only one who responded positively:
I think this is awesome. College football should be fun. This is fun. https://t.co/QGIMPQVVgn— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) September 29, 2015
#BattleForTheBelt is officially the greatest rivalry in college football. http://t.co/H0vxrP78Ln— RYAN D (@DonutDropkicks) September 29, 2015
There it is, the coolest new trophy in college football: #BattleForTheBelt pic.twitter.com/6dNFSi6Krq pic.twitter.com/aRpx7N14Wt— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 29, 2015
In general, too many made up rivalry games. But 100 percent support if a championship belt is involved. https://t.co/DT4FhFzQMv— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 29, 2015
That's right people, even Dan Wetzel didn't crap all over it.
That said, not everyone had a positive response:
They created the belt because neither team is going to win the real sunbelt. #battleforthebelt https://t.co/OeeEOYar0Z— Dagan Holland (@Coach__Holland) September 30, 2015
@TroyTrojansFB That belt belongs to NC State. Hand it over.— Karamel Korn (@BurntKaramel) September 29, 2015
Oof. Low blow, Karamel Korn.
So, there you have it. Oh, bonus points for this one, both teams are aware of and are excited for this trophy to be awarded and passed back and forth. I'm looking at you, Bob Diaco.
The two teams will play Saturday at 6:00 PM Central Time in Troy, Alabama.
Watch out though, the gauntlet has already been laid down:
Hey @USA_FB_Equip, want to start the #BattleForTheBelt early with a manager game Friday night??? #TrojanEquipment #BeatSouth— TroyManagers (@TrojanEquipment) September 29, 2015