Whether it's a living, breathing animal, a student wearing a coonskin hat with a musket or someone wearing a costume with a big foam head, the mascot can play an important role on Saturdays in the fall.
Maybe he (or she) walks through the hordes of fans while tailgating, posing for photos and hugging the little ones. The mascot is doing its job.
It's hard to believe there are actually schools that don't have a mascot. Blasphemy.
For the programs that do have one, some do it better than others, and some are more recognizable.
Keep reading and you'll find out the top 25 mascots going today.