Best Mascot - 2001
Ralphie the Buffalo
Readers' Choice: Rocky (Nuggets)
In the best of all worlds, a team mascot should represent the players and inspire them at their game. When you think Division I college football players, what comes to mind? Exactly -- huge, muscular, hairy, dangerous, and perhaps just a little bit rank. If you're going to grind out a come-from-behind victory in the closing minutes, it's unlikely to be inspired by looking to a bat-wielding dinosaur or a stuffed...whatever, with a bolt of lightning exiting his buttocks. No -- if you want motivation, you turn to a thundering bunched-muscle quadruped named Ralphie. A minor note: Ralphie's mojo doesn't seem to work that well indoors for the Buffs' men's hoopsters. But on the grass, he kicks.