We’ve counted down the worst, now it’s time to decide who the best mascots are in Division I college football.
As a PAC-12 Alumni, I will admit some bias in the choices, but the attempt will be made to be fair overall to find the best mascots. This (entirely subjective) list is based solely on the mascots listed for the teams in the Division One schools. So, without further ado, here are the best of the best. The ones that you can raise up above all others and proudly have in your profile pictures.
#5 Texas Tech – The Masked Rider/Raider Red
Zorro has found his home at Texas Tech. Original, powerful and intimidating, you can find some of the best fans in the division behind him.
This is the sound that greets me every morning when I come to feed him. Horse nickers are one of the best sounds!… https://t.co/uwnINJuXxN
— TTU Masked Rider (@ttu_maskedrider) October 30, 2017
#4 University of Alabama at Birmingham – Blaze the Dragon
It’s a fire-breathing dragon. Nothing scarier than the idea that you can burn your enemies to a crisp. Not that he actually breathes fire at the moment, that would be #1 on the list, but it’s still pretty bad-ass. Daenerys Targaryen would be proud.
#3 Notre Dame – Leprechaun
Leprechauns are scary as all get out. From their origins to the horror films, you cannot escape the fear that these imps inspire. These mischief makers are incredible to cheer for, and the fact that it raises up the Irish, no complaints here.
#2 Arizona State – Sparky / Duke – The Blue Devil
It’s hard to pick which devil is better, but they are both pretty awesome. Sparky is hoisted on a board and does a push-up for every point on the scoreboard.
The Blue Devil actually got his origins from the seniors of the Class of 1923 who took it upon themselves to pick a school moniker. Many of them had fought during World War I and remembered a well-trained and courageous French unit known as “les Diables Bleus,” and the moniker stuck.
#1 Utah – Swoop
He comes roaring out of the tunnel on a Harley before every game, and shows the fans exactly how to be the best in college football. He briefly shared the limelight with an actual hawk and he still was able to bring the fierceness to the field. He also knows how to trash talk his opponents.
It was 2,841 days ago. https://t.co/KHFmWf9dBi
— Swoop (@SwoopHawk) September 8, 2017
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