When Tennessee and Virginia Tech take the field at Bristol, Tenn., on Sept. 10, the two won’t just be playing a run-of-the-mill non-conference game.
For one, the two teams will be playing in the middle of Bristol Motor Speedway. Secondly, the two schools will be playing for a massive, new trophy.
The Battle of Bristol, as the game has been called, revealed what its trophy will look like on Wednesday, and it is huge.
— Battle At Bristol (@BattleAtBristol) August 10, 2016
The trophy is said to weigh a whopping 88 pounds. For a comparison, the Stanley Cup weighs about 35 pounds.
Here is a photo of the Battle of Bristol trophy. Good luck to anybody who tries to hoist this thing in the air. pic.twitter.com/cSBjeorSd7
— Jonathan Toye (@JonathanToye1) August 10, 2016
They will unveil the Battle at Bristol trophy in victory lane. It's 88 pounds, 2 feet tall and took 300 hours to make @wbir
— Courtney Lyle (@sportney_lyle) August 10, 2016
The game is scheduled for a 8 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC. This will be the second game of the season for both teams. Virginia Tech is under the guidance of first year head coach Justin Fuente. Tennessee, which has been ranked in the top 10 in some early polls, is considered the favorite to win the SEC East.