10. University of Tennessee: Smokey
If you've ever attended a college football or college basketball game, the one thing that you may look for right off the bat is where each team's mascot is. Okay, maybe not the first thing, but the mascot's job is to make sure it's visible at all times. They light up the crowd, they get them into a frenzy, and they have some fun while they're at it. We know the ones that will crowd surf, the ones who will pick on the other team's mascot, and the ones who just like to liven things up. They are an important part of college sports and an important part of a university's history. Bill the Goat is the official mascot of the Naval Academy. Have to throw some love to the armed forces, right? Swoop is the official mascot of the University of Utah Utes. And apparently, he can do one-armed push ups.
Real or fake, mascots have become ubiquitous with the universities they represent. They perform philanthropic acts, attend charity events, spread goodwill to the rest of the community and of course, lead cheers at sporting events. With their acts of anthropomorphism, mascots can usually bring a smile to the gloomiest of people. Even when behaving badly, as many of them oftentimes do, their antics and histrionics are memorable and legendary.
Whether they are real-life animals or fake inanimate objects, mascots have become engrained in college football culture. In honor of the th anniversary of college football , herewith an all-time ranking of the best mascots in the sport. Prior to home games the entire Volunteers football team is led onto the field by Smokey, a bluetick coonhound. Smokey X—the current pooch and the first not to descend directly from the original Smokey, who took on mascot duties in —resides with the Hudson family during the week, then hangs out at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house on gamedays. Otto is as sweet as the fruit he embodies. Guiding Ralphie around the field pregame and after halftime is a prestigious honor at Colorado, and the program of handlers has its own coaching staff to ensure student safety. The live longhorn bull Bevo first made an appearance for Texas at a homecoming celebration on Thanksgiving Day And now, over a century later, Bevo XV is still one of the most beloved mascots in the game. That was 70 years after the school purchased Mike I from the Little Rock Zoo after collecting 25 cents from every student. Now, Mike VII spends his game days roaming his habitat and eating ground meat versions of opposing team logos.