Turnover Chain vs. Turnover Backpack: A Rivalry Revisited


In 2017, UM took the college football world by storm after unveiling the beloved “turnover chain”, which was given to defensive players able to force a turnover at any point in the game. The seven-pound, Cuban link gold chain sought to reward players on the field while also paying homage to South Florida’s Cuban influence. With this extra incentive, UM’s defense finished 3rd nationally in turnover production, and helped bring back the swagger of the U during the the 90’s and early 00’s.

After the success of Miami’s defense in 2017, teams across college football tried to adopt their own version of the turnover chain. From Louisville’s turnover belt to Tulane’s turnover beads, several teams have tried to emulate the popularity of the turnover chain with little success. But possibly the worst reinvention of the turnover chain comes from UM’s sworn rival up in Tallahassee.

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In their week 2 game against Samford, Florida State unveiled their version of the turnover chain with the turnover backpack (See above). It should be noted that technically the bag is not supposed to be a backpack, rather a symbol for “securing the bag,” but for convenience sake, we will join the internet in calling it the turnover backpack. From the fashion company Prime Society, the red leather bag features gold zippers meant to symbolize the garnet and gold of FSU. Unfortunately, like most of the internet, even FSU fans were not fans of the new prop.  

While imitation can sometimes be seen as the sincerest form of flattery, FSU’s implementation has been a source of mockery for UM’s players. Most of the comments from UM players regarding the prop have been dismissive or flat-out mean, but quarterback N’Kosi Perry perfectly characterized the backpack when he said, "I don't got no comment on the bag," with a grin on his face.

The game has yet to be played and anything can happen, but when it comes to who will win in the fashion department, UM by a million.