If you've ever attended a college football or college basketball game, the one thing that you may look for right off the bat is where each team's mascot is.
Okay, maybe not the first thing, but the mascot's job is to make sure it's visible at all times. They light up the crowd, they get them into a frenzy, and they have some fun while they're at it.
We know the ones that will crowd surf, the ones who will pick on the other team's mascot, and the ones who just like to liven things up.
They are an important part of college sports and an important part of a university's history.
So, with all that being said, here are the top 50 mascots in college football.
Bill the Goat is the official mascot of the Naval Academy. Have to throw some love to the armed forces, right?
Swoop is the official mascot of the University of Utah Utes. And apparently, he can do one-armed push ups.
The first appearance of Rameses was back in 1924 against the Virginia Military Institute. Except this one was real.
Joe Bruin has been a big part of UCLA athletics, especially basketball.
An orange with a smile, but I like the name Otto.
I don't know why, but Big Red reminds me of a large, red version of Cookie Monster.
Shasta is the mascot for the University of Houston Cougars. And not the only mascot that likes to do push ups.
I wonder if they tell the people who dress up in the mascot uniforms that they're going to have to be in good shape for all the push ups they're going to end up doing.
Louie is the mascot for Grand Valley State. Tell me he doesn't remind you of Popeye
Nothing like a Revolutionary War soldier as your mascot.
But, I'm not going to hate on good ol' Sam the Minuteman.
Big Al is a stud and we don't want to mess with elephants. They'll trample you.
That's where the elephant came from in the first place. A 1930s sportswriter heard the roar and rumble of the team taking the field and coined the term "here come the elephants".
I think he's one of the coolest mascots in town. Well, I think the only thing I'm gauging it on is his "devilish" grin.
Get it, "devilish grin."
Okay, lame joke, sorry. Moving on.
Something I didn't notice the first time I saw this picture.
Anyone else think Wildcat's pants look like scraps of cloth knitting together to make strange-looking pants?
Maybe it's just me.
I think Jayhawk is aching for football season to be over with and for basketball season to hurry up and get here.
The Florida Gators have arguably one of the more recognizable mascots in college sports. Mostly because, well, it's a Gator.
Paydirt Pete, one of the more original names on our list so far, is the mascot for the University of Texas El Paso Miners.
All he's missing is the pick ax.
Oklahoma State isn't the only school to carry the name "Pistol Pete" as their mascot.
But am I the only one that, when I hear "Pistol Pete," I keep thinking of the name Pistol Pete Maravich? Just curious...
Cosmo is one of the more athletic mascots out there.
While Purdue Pete is the mascot that is the most visible mascot for the Purdue Boilermakers, their official mascot is the Boilermaker Special which, according to Wikipedia, resembles a Victorian-era locomotive.
When you type in a Google search for the University of South Florida mascot, you see a picture of Jenn Sterger come up.
I thought for a second she was the new mascot until I realized it was the costume with the yellow horns coming out of its head that I was supposed to be looking for.
Herbie Husker, the official mascot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Looks like an everyday Cowboy to me.
The only mascot in the country that is a keg. Way to go, Dartmouth College.
The U has the mascot that looks like an angry duck. However you choose to look at it, it's still cool to me.
USC fans know their knight on a white horse all too well.
Traveler makes his presence known at football games right from the very start.
Nothing like a cool-looking hound as your mascot. I'm down with Smokey.
One of the coolest mascots I've seen on this list yet. Might not be the best, but I think I'll become a fan of Central Florida just because of Knightro.
For whatever reason, the James Madison mascot reminds me of the dog from "Tom and Jerry."
It's just a coincidence that James Madison and Virginia Tech are right next to each other?
If it wasn't I would have had James Madison in front of the Hokies for obvious reasons.
The Wake Forest mascot is another one of those that I enjoy finding for lists like this.
Can't beat the yellow bow tie and the top hat.
Cy is the defending champion of the Capital One Bowl mascot competition.
Something for Iowa State to hang their hat on, next to their upset win over Texas.
What's the difference between "Big Red" the Razorback and a wart hog? I'm curious.
One of those live mascots that just brings history to life. Definitely give credit Oklahoma for that.
Bucky Badger has had some good times during this football season with wins over top-ranked Ohio State and then a one-point win over Iowa.
I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for. Ralphie or the four guys around him that have to be the ones to stop him.
Arguably the second most famous mascot on a horse, Chief Osceola, next to USC's Traveler.
While Buzz is the official mascot of Georgia Tech, Ramblin' Wreck is the real mascot that leads the team out onto the field.
Nothing like a classic car still getting the job done.
I know there's a male version of the West Virginia mascot, but I thought she was too attractive not to put up.
If you've ever been to a Hawaii game or a game that Hawaii is in town playing another team, you know who Vili is.
Though he might seem crazy, I think he's incredibly entertaining. Isn't that a mascot's job?
A female Zorro! Nice..
You can't say "Texas Longhorns" without mentioning Bevo.
Nothing like trying to keep an animal calm who could do some serious damage with one flick of his neck
I miss Colonel Reb already and I'm not an Ole Miss fan.
Ohio State mascot "Brutus" has been a staple of THE Ohio State at just about every sporting event you can think of.
Not to mention he's one of the more famous mascots out there.
Every time I've seen Sparty, he always reminds me of the movie "Gladiator."
The best live mascot there is, Mike the Tiger, for LSU.
I've never been a fan of the Bulldogs as far as a dog goes, but I always like when schools do live mascots.
Props to Georgia on this one, not to mention being one of the more recognizable ones.
Someone is always after me lucky charms...
Aubie has had a lot to celebrate these days and is the mascot for the best team in the country, the Auburn Tigers..
For a mascot that looks so poorly put together, it doesn't make it any less recognizable, or obnoxious for that matter.
Penn State's recognizable Nittany Lion.
A mascot that's been around since the inception of the Army/Navy game back in 1899.
The official mascot of the University of Montana. A bear on a Harley. Awesome!
The duck that loves to crowd surf. Nothing like getting the crowd involved, especially a crowd at one of the noisiest stadiums in the country.