|Battle of I-75 logo.svg|
|First contested||October 3, 1919|
|Number of meetings||82|
|Most recent meeting||October 6, 2018|
|Next meeting||October 12, 2019|
|All-time series||Toledo leads 40–39–4|
|Largest victory||Toledo, 63–0 (1935)|
|Longest win streak||Bowling Green, 12 (1955–1966)|
|Current streak||Toledo, 9 (2010–present)|
The Bowling Green–Toledo football rivalry is annual college football rivalry game between Mid-American Conference members Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and the University of Toledo (UT). The universities are separated by about Script error along Interstate 75 (I-75). The Bowling Green Falcons and Toledo Rockets have exchanged two traveling trophies; the Peace Pipe Trophy (1980–2010), and the Battle of I-75 Trophy (2011–present). Toledo currently has a 40-39-4 advantage and has won the last 9 games in the series.
The game is sometimes referred to as The Black Swamp Showdown and the Battle of I-75, as the cities of Toledo and Bowling Green are both located on I-75, just Script error apart, and in the Black Swamp area of Northwest Ohio.
Peace Pipe TrophyEdit
In 1980, a scale-down replica was fashioned and placed on top of a trophy created by former UT football player Frank Kralik. The Peace Pipe Trophy is a miniature replica of an American Indian sacred ceremonial pipe, sitting atop a trophy with both football teams' logos. Kralik donated the trophy to the university to be given to the winner of each year's football game, which like many other college football rivalries is usually the last game of the regular season for both teams. Though the two schools play in different divisions in the Mid-American Conference, they have yet to meet in the MAC Championship Game.
The awarding of the Peace Pipe Trophy was discontinued after the 2010 game. The schools agreed to change the trophy after conversations with members of the American Indian community. Taken into consideration was the spiritual symbolism of the ceremonial pipe to the American Indian community, as well as the NCAA's push to remove inappropriate American Indian nicknames and symbols associated with member's athletic teams. The Peace Pipe Trophy will be permanently housed in the Toledo football trophy case as the Rockets won the last battle for the Peace Pipe in 2010.
Battle of I-75 TrophyEdit
Beginning in 2011, the two schools started playing for the Battle of I-75 Trophy. Sponsored by Taylor Kia Automotive Group, it replaced the Peace Pipe Trophy. The Battle of I-75 Trophy was designed by Jeff Artz, who also designed the Fred Biletnikoff Award (awarded to America's top college football wide receiver).
Toledo routed Bowling Green in the most recent meeting, 52–36, and currently holds a 9-0 advantage in the Battle of I-75 Trophy series. Toledo leads the trophy rivalry 24–15 overall. In the all-time series, Toledo holds a one game advantage.
Recent Toledo dominationEdit
Toledo has won nine straight games. The 2017 contest was, "a snoozer as they blew out the Falcons 66-37 before a crowd that barely dented the Doyt’s capacity. Coaches on both teams agreed, "the fiercest and most-heated rivalry in the Mid-American Conference has lost some luster, and that's probably because of the lopsidedness". It was in 2009 that the Falcons last won the Battle of I-75.
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