The Little Brown Jug is a trophy used for the annual Michigan - Minnesota football game. It is the namesake of the Brown Jug restaurant on campus.


This season marks the 100th anniversary of when Michigan and Minnesota first played for the Little Brown Jug. Early this year I started on a quest to find out everything about the old trophy. I reviewed the legends, interviewed writers, equipment managers, coaches and pored through newspapers, photos and other accounts on the history. I even held the 5 gallon crock in my hands on a couple different occasions to get a good look. Heading up to the 100th anniversary of the jug rivalry I’ll post some of those findings– hope you like it.