The 10 Worst Division I College Football Mascots

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The Ten Worst Division I College Football Mascots

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College football just wouldn’t be college football without mascots. There’s something about watching a larger than life version of whatever animal your school uses run and dance around on the sidelines during games.

Some fans love mascots, while other fans hate them. Occasionally, mascots will fight, which is one of the more enjoyable things to witness at a football game. It’s hard to take a fight seriously when one combatant is a dog with an oversized head. I’m looking in your direction JMU.

There were a number of ridiculous mascots to choose from, so there is a great chance that more mascots could have made the list. So if you don’t see your most hated mascot in this slideshow, don’t worry, it’s still probably as ridiculous as you think it is.

Some mascots are meant to intimidate, others are meant to motivate a team and others, like many on this list, were made for reasons that I’m simply not aware of. Some mascots are meant to be funny, or quirky, but sometimes, it doesn’t work, and the mascot ends up looking unfinished or too silly to be taken seriously.

There’s nothing worse, in my opinion, than having a mascot intended to be intimidating look weak.

Without further ado, here are the ten worst division I college football mascots.

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Buster Bronco (Boise Sate)

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The more of Buster’s body you see, the funnier he looks. At first glance he doesn’t seem so abnormal. So what? It’s a horse in a football uniform. Then as more of Buster’s body becomes visible, the hilarious disproportion between his legs, torso and head becomes apparent.

The head of the horse is simply way too big for that body.

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Otto the Orange (Syracuse)

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Oh, Otto. He’s too cute to be made fun of. Otto looks like he’s almost happy about something but still isn’t. He’s got a look about him that makes you feel sorry for him. It’s not exactly the sort of hard hitting message one would want to be associated with a school’s football team.

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Testudo (Maryland)

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Testudo looks more like an eagle with a bag on than a terrapin. Whatever it looks like, it definitely doesn’t look like a turtle.

For that matter, why would a school want a turtle as a mascot for a football team? Football is associated with speed and athleticism. Turtles, believe it or not, are generally not associated with speed and athleticism. It just seems like it’s sending the wrong message about a team.

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Purdue Pete (Purdue)

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Purdue Pete is one creepy mascot. It looks like the head is made of Papier-mâché and the hard hat doesn’t go with the football uniform. I understand why he has a hard hat, but I don’t understand the full football attire otherwise.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of mascots in uniform with a big head on. It seems lazy, and it doesn’t even depict the actual mascot. Throw a boilermaker body on Pete and I think it works, but with football pants on, it just makes the head look far too big and goofy.

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Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State)

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Has anyone checked under that head to make sure that isn’t Waldo hiding under there? The Red and grey stripes look like a modified version of the outfit from the famous children’s book.

Now, in Brutus’ defense, his head is supposed to be a Buckeye, which is a type of nut. It sort of resembles the nut, but it’s still kind of creepy. The face just looks too inviting to be a football mascot.

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The Demon Deacon (Wake Forest)

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The Demon Deacon looks depressed. He looks like he can’t believe he’s still in charge of motivating fans to root for Wake Forest. Even if they just changed the face this mascot might work.

The obnoxiously oversized head and hat make The Demon Deacon look too cartoony for my taste.

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Super Frog (TCU)

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Can someone tell me what a horned frog is without making a joke a college sophomore would be proud of? The thing looks like a frog with some sort of skin infection. On top of that, it has huge puppy dog eyes that make it look like it’s begging for something.

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The Cavalier (Virginia)

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Here’s another mascot that looks like a cartoon character. The Cavalier looks too happy and inviting for a football mascot. UVA has a “real life” version of the Cavalier that looks much better. This caped, blue-eyed, plastic man looks more like a children’s show hero, than the intimidating presence a mascot is supposed to be.

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Mr. Commodore (Vanderbilt)

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Mr. Commodore is so old he’s completely lost his vision. This mascot’s eyes are literally closed. He looks like he’s in pain, and his cheesy, oversized, open mouth looks like he’s crying.

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The Stanford Tree (Stanford)

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Hands down, the worst mascot I’ve ever seen is the Stanford Tree. What in the world were the makers of this costume thinking? More importantly, who are the makers of this project and why did they think it was ok to throw a bunch of fabric together and slap a pair of inflatable eyes and a mouth on top? Not just any mouth, but a big cheesy smile with buck teeth.

This tree looks like it’s leaves are falling off and the mouth just looks plain goofy. You can’t help but feel sorry for this thing.

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