Top 10 College Mascots
#10 – Herbie and Lil' Red – University of Nebraska
They have definitely made some changes over the years, from the Corn Cob to Harry Husker to Herbie Husker back to Harry Husker, etc. Finally Husker fans have become accustomed to seeing Herbie and Lil' Red trolling the sidelines. As a tribute to America's bread and butter, we had to give these two props for representing farmers across our great nation.
#9 – Traveler and The Trojan – University of Southern California
Although USC has found themselves receiving negative media attention, we can't deny Traveler and The Trojan. Most don't realize that the Trojan Warrior is not the actual mascot for USC, it is actually the famous white horse Traveler. Traveler has quite a history at the school dating back to 1961, and is also well known for its appearance in the Rose Bowl Parade annually.
#8 – Bucky Badger – University of Wisconsin
When you have a song named after you “Teach Me How to Bucky” a spin off of the hit “Teach Me How to Dougie”, you have celebrity status. With Wisconsin athletics on the rebound after being known as perennial losers in the '80s, Bucky Badger has been seen more on a national pedestal with the success of the Badgers over the last 20 years. With the prolific running game Wisconsin boasts, poor Bucky has to get sore after doing all of those push-ups as a tribute to Badger scoring drives.
#7 – The Leprechaun – University of Notre Dame
Have to give credit to a Leprechaun that appears with his dukes up ready for battle. While the Leprechaun brandishes a shillelagh and is rumored to bring good luck to the Fighting Irish, it looks as if his magical powers need a boost. What has been a whirlwind of coaches as of recent history, hopefully the Leprechaun will instill new powers and faith in the new regime.
#6 – Bevo – University of Texas
Now this is one mascot you do not want to mess with. Bevo is a longhorn steer that is very intimidating in stature, similar to the team headed up by Mack Brown. Not only is Bevo ever present at home football games and some away games, Bevo is also a special guest at commencement ceremonies helping send UT graduates into the real world.
#5 – Albert and Alberta Gator – University of Florida
Gator fans view these two as the anointed royal couple of college football. When your stadium is known as the Swamp, Albert and Alberta truly rule that venue. Gator apparel featuring these well known mascots is yearly one of the best sellers throughout the NCAA. Hopefully Coach Muschamp lives up to Gator standards or Albert may have to intervene.
#4 – The Fighting Duck – University of Oregon
ESPN has sure helped make this mascot well known to all sports fans, with its presence in numerous commercials. The Fighting Duck took the national stage last year with the Oregon Ducks being atop the BCS standings, only to lose its finale to Auburn in the Tostitos National Championship Game. Coach Kelly is hoping the team takes on the attitude of the mascot and regain that national attention and possible return to the big stage.
#3 – Mike the Tiger – Louisiana State University
Mike has been the mascot here since 1936 – surprisingly they are only on tiger number 6 since its inception. Having a bengal tiger as your mascot seems to scare most opponents for LSU athletics annually is a front runner for various different sports. Wondering where Mike stays, he has a posh estate of 15,000 square feet that cost over $3 million dollars. You would think having a home such as his, Mike would command the #1 spot but not this year.
#2 – Uga – University of Georgia
Not only do they have the real bulldog, there is also the accompanying person in a costume portraying the mascot. Uga stole the show when Herschel Walker won the Heisman trophy in 1982, walking down the aisle in a tux side by side with Herschel. The question is out of our #2 and #5 ranked mascots, who will take home the win on October 29th in the game dubbed “World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”?
#1 – Chief Osceola and Renegade – Florida State University
A fixture with FSU since 1977, when Coach Bowden heard of the idea he ran with it and the rest is history. Charging on the football field at home games on Renegade, Chief Osceola makes his presence known by hurling his spear. Yikes, I hope he has good aim. Where in years past you saw many NCAA schools with Native American mascots having to go a different route, the Seminole tribe takes pride in having Chief Osceola represent the university. Yearly, women of the tribe actually design the regalia donned by the Chief. With Chief Osceola and Renegade as his henchman, Jimbo Fisher hopes to revamp this storied program back to glory!