College Football's Top 10 Mascots

Andrew KneelandSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2008

Here is my list of the top 10 mascots in college football. I have ranked them from 10 down to one, and you can view a picture of each by clicking on the team name.

10. West Virginia Mountaineers

The cool thing about this mascot is that he is picked every year based on his academic success and school spirit. He gets to wear a coonskin hat, is allowed to carry a gun, and is forced to grow a beard.

9. Texas A&M Aggies

This dog, named Reveille, was hit by a student and nursed back to health on the Aggie campus. It later became the school's mascot, and is now commissioned as a five-star general.

8. Michigan State Spartans

Sparty the Spartan has changed his looks quite a bit since 1955, when he replaced a live bear named Brewer as Michigan State's mascot. He is still one of the most noticeable mascots in college football.

7. Oklahoma Sooners

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This mascot isn't a real mascot, but is still a very recognizable symbol in Oklahoma football. A schooner, a covered wagon, is pulled onto the field before every game and every time the Sooners score. The wagon is pulled by two Shetland ponies and started in 1964.

6. Wisconsin Badgers

The best costumed mascot on this list, Bucky the Badger is also a very well-known symbol in college football. There was once a real badger patrolling the sidelines of Wisconsin football games, but that stopped in 1940 when the animal was discovered to be too mean spirited. A fictional character was then adopted—Buckingham U. Badger.

5. Texas Longhorns

The 13th Texas Bevo died a few years back, but Bevo XIV was brought onto the scene a few years before that sad event. There is much history in the living mascot of the Texas Longhorns, dating back to a prank a few Texas A&M fans pulled on their rivals in 1915. They bought a longhorn and branded "13-0" into it—the score of the game between the two teams that year. The Texas then turned the "13-0" into "Bevo," the name of their mascot.

4. Florida State Seminoles

The minutes before Florida State home games are certainly exciting. Chief Osceola rides onto the field on his horse, Renegade, and drives a flaming spear into the field.

3. Auburn Tigers

This is one of the more confusing teams. The actual mascot of the Tigers is a man costumed as a Tiger, but is much less known than the eagle that soars onto the field before every home game. The eagle, named War Eagle VII, has been a tradition since 1892.

2. Colorado Buffalos

Colorado has perhaps the most dramatic presentation of their mascot. Before every game, four handlers semi-control Ralphie the Buffalo as he leads the team onto the field. Back in 1989, Ralphie made his first out-of-state trip when the team visited the Georgia Bulldogs.

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Uga VI may be the most recognized mascot in college football, but he recently passed away. Uga VII will take his place for the 2008 season. Georgia has always had an English bulldog as their mascot except their first UGA, which was a goat. Fans love the Uga so much they lay flowers on the grave of past Uga's before every home game. Talk about dedication—or obsession.

Who did I miss? Should one mascot be ranked higher than another? Is one too high on my list? Let me know below!

Andrew Kneeland is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report. You can find all his articles here. He also writes for Twins Fix.