NCAA FB

galleryTitle description galleryUrl thumbnail
categoryName categoryId galleryId galleryTitle mediaId imageTitle imageURL league description shortDescription attribution large thumbnail
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11801883 How do you like your mascot? How+do+you+like+your+mascot%3F CFB

Fuzzy or fierce? Sweet or scary? Goofy or graceful?

As much a part of college football as tailgating and touchdowns, mascots can rev up the home crowd, intimidate an opponent or just provide a few laughs.

With help from the AP's college football poll voters, we've picked the 12 coolest mascots - a dandy dozen if you will - in the country.
 

- http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/00_20100821222325_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/00_20100821222325_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792896 Ralphie the Buffalo, Colorado Ralphie+the+Buffalo%2C+Colorado CFB

Her (yes, Ralphie is a female) size (1,300 lbs.) and speed (25 mph) combination would have Ralphie soaring up Mel Kiper's draft board. Unfortunately for CU fans, many home games in recent seasons have peaked with her entrance.

Brian Bahr/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/1_20100821133544_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/1_20100821133544_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792897 Uga, Georgia Uga%2C+Georgia CFB

Normally, dogs in sweaters are hard to take seriously. This English Bulldog, however, could make a tutu look tough. And by the way, don't even think about trying to put a tutu on Uga.

Mike Zarrilli - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/2_20100821133543_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/2_20100821133543_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11793084 Chief Osceola, Florida State Chief+Osceola%2C+Florida+State CFB

Many Native-American mascots have been phased out of college sports in a recent years, but with the blessing of the Seminole Tribe the Chief, his Appaloosa horse, Renegade, and his burning spear have endured.

Doug Benc/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/3_20100821133543_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/3_20100821133543_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11858664 Mike the Tiger, LSU Mike+the+Tiger%2C+LSU CFB

During warm-ups at Tiger Stadium, Mike's cage is stationed near the visiting team's tunnel so opponents have to walk by him to step on to the field. Welcome to Death Valley. Please don't feed the cat.

Doug Benc - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/25/lsu-gal_20100825125957_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/25/lsu-gal_20100825125957_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11793143 War Eagle, Auburn War+Eagle%2C+Auburn CFB

OK, the mascot is actually Aubie, a student in a fuzzy tiger suit. War Eagle is the battle cry. But there is a War Eagle, a golden eagle that swoops down onto the field before games and puts the kid in the costume to shame.

Chris Graythen/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/5_20100821133544_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/5_20100821133544_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792895 Stanford Tree Stanford+Tree CFB

You have to respect a mascot this ridiculous - and irreverent. The costume usually looks as if it came straight from a middle school play, but the Tree has had some very adult issues in recent years. It was once busted for being drunk on the job. The replacement tree later that year was banned from the NCAA basketball tournament for scuffling with security guards.

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/6_20100821133544_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/6_20100821133544_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792901 Bevo, Texas Bevo%2C+Texas CFB

The burnt orange longhorn doesn't charge like Ralphie, Colorado's stampeding Buffalo, or stay in a cage like Mike, LSU's imposing tiger. But at 1,800 pounds with 72-inch horns, it's best to steer clear of Bevo.

Jed Jacobsohn - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/7_20100821133617_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/7_20100821133617_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11793144 The Mountaineer, West Virginia The+Mountaineer%2C+West+Virginia CFB

Buckskin suits and coonskin caps never go out of style in Morgantown. The mere sight of the Mountaineer can get you humming John Denver's "Country Roads." Though the rifle can be a bit unsettling.

Charles LeClaire - Getty Images http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/8_20100821133617_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/8_20100821133617_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792899 The Masked Rider, Texas Tech The+Masked+Rider%2C+Texas+Tech CFB

Maybe the only mascot in the country that can be described as swashbuckling. And since 1974, many of the Masked Riders have been women, so points for being progressive.

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/9_20100821133617_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/9_20100821133617_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792898 Sparty, Michigan State Sparty%2C+Michigan+State CFB

With his jutting square jaw, the costumed mascot sort of looks like a muscle-bound Jay Leno in a green Greek warrior attire.

Andy Lyons/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/10_20100821133617_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/10_20100821133617_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11792900 The Leprechaun, Notre Dame The+Leprechaun%2C+Notre+Dame CFB

Not to be confused with the guy on the Lucky Charms box, ND's Leprechaun pumps out push-ups when the Fighting Irish score, wields a shillelagh and supposedly has magical powers. Apparently, his powers were no match for Charlie Weis.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/11_20100821133617_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/11_20100821133617_70_70.JPG
CFB 24 43 College football's 12 coolest mascots 11793085 The Fighting Duck, Oregon The+Fighting+Duck%2C+Oregon CFB

The story goes Walt Disney himself agreed to let the costumed-mascot resemble the famous cartoon character, Donald. A few years back, when the university tried to nudge Donald aside for a sleek, space-aged duck suit, the students rebelled and the new duck was dropped. Don't mess with Donald.
 

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images - http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/12_20100821133618_600_400.JPG http://static.foxsports.com/content/fscom/img/2010/08/21/12_20100821133618_70_70.JPG
EndCap Fox Sports Video and Photo Gallery
thumbnail galleryTitle shortDescription longDescription blurb galUpdated pageNumber totalPages galleryUrl