The Little Brown Jug was originally purchased by Michigan prior to their 1903 contest against Minnesota out of fear that the host Gophers wouldn’t provide clean drinking water. The Jug became a traveling trophy in 1909 and is the oldest trophy in major college football. The Jug has scores from every game for more than a century of Big Ten gridiron action. The Jug is recognized beyond Big Ten borders as a symbol of the conference’s unmatched tradition.
This Brown Jug stands 12 inches, and has a diameter of 8 1/2 inches. It weighs about 5 lbs. This edition of the Brown Jug will include all scores through 2017. It is a "divided" trophy, with half displaying the Michigan Block M and the other displaying the Minnesota block M.