We’ve already revealed the best mascots in college football, but now it’s time to flip the script. Here are the five worst mascots that trot the sidelines of college football games.
5. Penn State University – Nittany Lion (Why doesn’t he have a name?)
When presented with a mountain lion, one would reasonably expect a solid mascot. Something with sharp teeth, something fearsome, and something that opposing players want to stay the heck away from. Instead, they trot out this teddy bear looking thing. It has four teeth, the ears of a Yorkshire terrier, and for some odd reason is wearing a scarf.
4. Purdue University – Purdue Pete
Plastic mascots are the worst. The hammer is the only reason why Pete is not closer to the top (bottom?) of this list.
3. Syracuse University – Otto the Orange
Sometimes schools have nicknames that simply don’t lend to a mascot. The Orange is a perfect example of this. However, Syracuse decided to just go with it. “I don’t know, put a hat on him, that will make it better.” Lesson learned: You are better off without a mascot than one that’s a giant orange ball.
2. University of Nebraska – Lil’ Red
Earlier we declared plastic mascots to be the worst, which they still are, but inflatable mascots give them a run for their money. It looks awkward, he can’t move, and it seems awfully dangerous to be in that suit. Try to find something good about this inflatable mockery of a mascot. You can’t. Plus, they named it after the girl the big bad wolf terrorized. Oh, and their other mascot isn’t much better.
1. Oklahoma State University – Pistol Pete
Not only is Pete’s head made out of plastic, it’s gigantic! But the big problem with the Oklahoma State mascot is the detail on his ridiculous face. Mascots are supposed to be caricatures, not huge human plastic molds that make Chucky dolls look cuddly. Also, the pants. They don’t cover any of the most important parts pants are designed to cover. What’s going on down there? Finally, he’s always pointing guns at people. Stop it, it’s only football. All in all, there’s simply nothing good about Pistol Pete.