Every year near the start of school, fans nationwide celebrate College Colors Day by rocking their school colors (or the school they root for). It’s a fun way for fans of all ages to flaunt their team pride, and a great excuse to ditch the button-up or blouse for a nice oversized jersey. In honor of this year’s College Colors Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite team mascots. From tigers to chili peppers, these colorful mascots help motivate our teams and get us fans in the spirit game after game.
10. Montezuma the Aztec Warrior – San Diego State Aztecs
— Ale♥ (@_LovelyAlee) November 3, 2012
What better way to pay tribute to California’s indigenous heritage than with this majestic, battle-clad warrior inspired by the great Aztec ruler?
9. Sebastian the Ibis – University of Miami Hurricanes
— adidas Football US (@adidasFballUS) July 19, 2015
For all you non-ornithologists out there, an Ibis is a medium-sized white bird found in the Gulf Coast region of the US. Sebastian is named after San Sebastian Hall, one of the school’s earliest dormitory buildings.
8. Albert E. Gator – University of Florida Gators
— Suhail Ahmed (@suhailrahmed) April 9, 2014
His logo may look menacing, but on the field Albert E. Gator is all plush green felt and gill-to-gill smiles. Before Albert hit the scene in 1970, the Gator’s mascot was a real live alligator – crazy huh?
7. Pistol Pete – Oklahoma State Cowboys
— OklahomaOralHistory (@OOHRP) January 29, 2015
With his giant orange Stetson hat, Pistol Pete is hard to miss as he shows off his quick draw skills at every Cowboys game.
6. Truman the Tiger – Missouri Tigers
— Coach Moorman (@CoachMo77) September 6, 2014
This fuzzy feline is named after former U.S. president Harry S. Truman and is a dancing, rip-roaring highlight of any Mizzou Tigers football game.
5. Champ – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
With his droopy cheeks and giant bulldog mouth, Champ puts an entirely new spin on “puppy dog face” every time he takes the field at a Bulldogs game.
4. Pegasus and the UCF Knight – University of Central Florida Knights
— KnightFanStan (@KnightFanStan) September 3, 2015
Not every mascot has a real live sidekick — but the UCF Knight ain’t just any mascot. He charges the field at every Knights game atop his majestic Andalusian stallion Pegasus. Now that’s what we call making an entrance.
3. Cayenne – University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
— Cajun Jack (@CajunJack55) June 3, 2015
What’s cooler (erm, hotter?) than a life-size chili pepper? Not much. Cayenne keeps it spicy at Ragin’ Cajuns games with plenty of personality – he even wears giant Mardi Gras beads during the annual festival.
2. Cocky – South Carolina Gamecocks
The giant red fighting cock is a favorite with South Carolina fans – every year scores of students dress as Cocky for Halloween.
1. Big Red – Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers
— Lauren D.Cunningham (@Livin_as_Lauren) August 20, 2015
The WKU Hilltoppers are named after the school’s location on a hill above the Barren River. The team’s mascot Big Red, on the other hand, symbolizes the university’s spirit…which is apparently big, red, and furry. The Hilltoppers and Big Red are an unexpected pairing – one we love for being so wacky-wonderful.