Two teams that have never played before are now permanent cross-division rivals in South Carolina and Texas A&M, and there’s more on the line than just bragging rights to the SEC’s first game of the season.
A bronze sculptured trophy of one-time South Carolina student and a hero of the Battle of the Alamo James Bonham will be the prize.
How did the idea come about?
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Texas A&M graduate, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley conceived the idea, and it will feature Bonham on a horse bound for the Alamo, according to The State. Bonham died in the Alamo at age 29.
“We’re mixing politics, football and history,” South Carolina politico Katon Dawson told The State of the idea behind the trophy.
However, you’ll have to wait for the unveiling of the trophy at a party the night before kickoff.
You can read more about the trophy and Bonham here.