College Sports' Top 10 Mascots
Whether a college sporting event is entertaining or boring, mascots always seem to add a little more excitement.
These mascots add some extra fun to collegiate sports, which can get extremely intense at times.
Known for spectacular stunts and humorous acts, Mascots bring joy and entertainment to large groups of people day in and day out.
Of course there are many mascots across the nation, but here, a top 10 has been formed of some of the coolest-looking mascots.
10. Zippy the Kangaroo
Zippy, mascot for the Akron Zips, won the title of Capital One National Mascot of the Year in 2007.
What is not to like about this cartoon-looking kangaroo?
9. Sebastian the Ibis
Sebastian the Ibis began to be the Miami Hurricanes mascot in 1926. The Ibis was chosen as mascot for the team because the Ibis is known for its bravery as a hurricane approaches.
8. Big Blue
Utah State University's mascot was adopted in 1976, a year after the image of a bull first appeared on a football game program for the team.
For some time Utah State used an actual bull, which they painted blue to support its name, Big Blue. Eventually the bull was retired, and by 1987 a costume was designed.
Big Blue often enjoys crowd surfing, and at least four of the people that have played the role of the Big Blue mascot have gone on to become mascots for professional sports teams.
A real alligator was once the mascot for the Gators on the football field before the costumed version Albert became the mascot in 1970. Albert was later joined by a female version, named Alberta, in 1986.
In mid-2007, Sports Illustrated On Campus ranked Albert as the No. 1 mascot in their "Mascot Power Rankings."
6. The Bearcat
5. Blaze the Dragon
Mascot for the UAB Blazers.
4. Bucky Badger
Full name is Buckingham U. Badger and is the official mascot of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At first the mascot was an actual badger, but it proved to be unfriendly and too fierce to be controlled properly.
The school then replaced the live badger with a live raccoon that they named Regdab, which is badger backwards. In 1949, the bucky outfit was created, and a contest began to properly name the new mascot.
In 2006, Bucky was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame College Division.
3. Hey Reb
In 2004, Hey Reb was one of 12 members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team.
2. Goldy Gopher
Goldy, mascot for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, was nominated to the 2007 Capital One All-American Mascot Team.
Goldy also competes in the UCA Mascot National Championships, regularly placing in the top 10, with a third place finish in 2009.
Sparty has won many awards and is a fan favorite. In 2004, Sparty won the Best Mascot National Championship at the Universal Cheer Association.
Sparty was voted "Buffest Mascot" by Muscle and Fitness magazine. Sparty was even featured on a series of Jones Soda bottles from late 2004 to 2005.
In July 2006, Sparty was one of six college mascots nominated for the Mascot Hall of Fame.
Sparty made an appearance on the front cover of NCAA Football 09, Wii edition. EA Sports had a poll to see which mascot would grace the cover, being the first non-athlete that has been on the cover. Sparty won by over 75,000 votes.
Sparty is clearly the best and most appealing mascot of all.
Texas Mascot: Hook 'Em
UCF Mascot: Knightro