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From the panel: “It has been suspended, ejected and vandalized. It is created anew every year. It is a precious gift to college athletics, one never fully appreciated beyond Palo Alto.” _ Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette.

7) Bevo, Texas. The burnt orange longhorn doesn’t charge like Ralphie or stay in a cage like Mike. But at 1,800 pounds with 72-inch horns, it’s best to steer clear of Bevo.

From the panel: “Bevo has to be the toughest, most intimidating mascot in all of sports, even if Earl Campbell once knocked him to the ground.” _ Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman.

8) The Mountaineer, West Virginia. Buckskin suits and coonskin caps never go out of style in Morgantown. The mere sight of the Mountaineer can get you humming John Denver’s “Country Roads.” Though the rifle can be a bit unsettling.

From the panel: “The guy has a gun. Would you mess with him?” _ Eric Hansen, The South Bend Tribune.

9) The Masked Rider, Texas Tech. Maybe the only mascot in the country that can be described as swashbuckling. And since 1974, many of the Masked Riders have been women, so points for being progressive.

From the panel: “Overshadowed in the Big 12 by Ralphie the Buffalo and Bevo, the Masked Rider makes a far more dramatic entrance atop the thundering black gelding than either massive animal does.” _ Keegan.

10) Sparty, Michigan State. With his jutting square jaw, the costumed mascot sort of looks like a muscle-bound Jay Leno in a green Greek warrior attire.

From the panel: “In the annual Big Ten player polls we have done in the past, he always won.” _ Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette.

11) The Leprechaun, Notre Dame. Not to be confused with the guy on the Lucky Charms box, ND’s Leprechaun pumps out push-ups when the Fighting Irish score, wields a shillelagh and supposedly has magical powers. Apparently, his powers were no match for Charlie Weis.

From the panel: “Still remember how his image used to scare me while watching Irish games as a little kid.” _ Keith Sargeant, Home News (N.J.) Tribune.

12) The Fighting Duck, Oregon. The story goes Walt Disney himself agreed to let the costumed-mascot resemble the famous cartoon character, Donald. A few years back, when the university tried to nudge Donald aside for a sleek, space-aged duck suit, the students rebelled and the new duck was dropped. Don’t mess with Donald.

From the panel: “A duck might be the weakest mascot a football team can have, but I still love it. And seriously, who doesn’t like Donald Duck?” Adam Zuvanich, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.