25 Best Real Animal Mascots in College Football

There are lots of reasons why some people prefer college football over the NFL—the traditions, the gameday atmosphere, the historic venues, the rivalries, you name it. But personally, what really does it for me are teh mascots. And I’m not talking about the guys dressed as in giant plush cartoons. I’m talking about the real live animal mascots used by schools all across the country. I mean, why go to an NFL game and pay $9 for a beer when you can go to a college game and get your picture taken with a live tiger?

Today we celebrate one of the things that makes college football so much fun with this list of the 25 best real animal mascots. Some of them are pretty standard; others are more unusual and exotic. But in every case they are beloved by their respective schools. So take a look.