The No. 9 ranked Tennessee Volunteers welcomed us back to the college football season last night by nearly losing to Appalachian State on the nine-year anniversary of Appy State shocking Michigan. The Vols managed to pull this one out in overtime, but Mountaineers fans can always remember the good times:
#13: Michigan State's Sparty — A relic from a time when people decided to make humans look like weird Play-Doh men (also: see Boilermaker Special), Sparty is always active and in surprisingly good spirits, no matter how many "Sparty No" moments pop up.
#7: Auburn's War Eagle — As Bill Connelly puts it in his book Study Hall, "In Auburn, Alabama, a town of 53,000, up to 87,000 people show up to watch an eagle fly around a stadium. A retired eagle still hangs out on campus. (The team's nickname is the Tigers, by the way.)" This is one of the coolest things in sports.
#1: Florida State's Chief Osceola — This is as good as it gets: A dude decked out in full gear, riding a horse at full speed and throwing a flaming spear into the ground. If it were at all possible, I'd rank this mascot even higher than No. 1.
— Honrable mentions: Reveille (Texas A&M), Bucky Badger (Wisconsin), Brutus (Ohio State), Falcon (Air Force), The Leprechaun (Notre Dame), The Traveler (USC), Tusk (Arkansas), The Hokie Bird (Virginia Tech), The Masked Rider (Texas Tech), The Zip (Akron).
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The 25 Best Mascots in College Football
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