Compiling this ranking was both fun and eye-opening.
It was fun in that the nicknames of college sports are seldom scrutinized and rarely questioned when, more often than not, they provide the scowling face of an entire athletic department.
The athletes themselves are even encouraged to take on the character of the nickname in many cases. It was eye-opening in that it quickly became clear that the Big Ten is not exactly chock-full of intimidating nicknames as it is.
We have among our ranks a fair share of rodents and less-than-glorious, blue-collar professions represented. The domestic seems to have won out over the exotic in the conference of the heartland. I hope you enjoy the rankings as much as I enjoyed putting them together.