The top mascots in college football

Published: Monday, June 20, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.

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It was something I never had really thought about. And being such a big college football fan, I feel kind of silly.

Michigan has no mascot. This week, there was talk that the school may consider adding one, but it's not a pressing issue.

When I read that story, well, I'd never really thought about it.

Mascots are one of the many things that make college football better than the NFL. They are part of the fabric of our frenzy over the game.

With that in mind, the top five mascots in college football.

1. Ralphie — When the big lug comes rumbling onto the field, there's nothing like it. If only the Buffs could run that fast.

2. Auburn's War Eagle — One of the coolest things in the game is that eagle soaring down from the top of the stadium in pre-game. Not Wes Chandler's favorite. The eagle jumped him after a touchdown catch-and-run 35 years ago.

3. Mike the Tiger — I'm already looking forward to visiting him in his home in October in Baton Rouge.

4. Sparty — Michigan State's mascot is a mean looking dude.

5. Albert — You see Albert and you know who is playing.

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