Can You Identify the State University From Its Mascot?
By: Lauren Lubas
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About This Quiz
Sports mascots are the good luck charms of their teams. These little guys were created to keep the fans' spirits high when teams weren't doing so well in games. As the fans were entertained, they continued to cheer on their losing teams. This energy was supposedly the reason for sports comebacks and rallying. The word mascot comes from the French "La Mascotte" which is an opera written in the 1800s about a farmer who needed a little luck. At some point, sports teams (including university sports teams) adopted the term and created characters to build fan excitement during boring segments of games (and when the players weren't that fun to watch).
There are clearly mascots we can recognize from a mile away, and then there are those that are a little obscure. However, when it comes to state universities, the mascot is what its all about. Is he a badger? It he a dog? If you think you which mascot represents which state university, you will have no problem passing this quiz. It's time to see what you really know about the characters that roam the halls of the state universities in the US. Just remember, passing this quiz is important, but having fun is alma maters.
Do you know the colorful name of this mascot from the University of Delaware?
Baby Blue is a yellow and blue bird that just loves to be happy. You can find him on the University of Delaware's YouTube channel ... even though he doesn't have much to say, he's a recurring character on "Blue Hen Says."
Can you identify this mascot from the University of Kansas?
Many state universities choose birds as their mascots, because birds are the most terrifying creatures on the planet. However, when you look at Big Jay, you might think that he isn't a bird at all ... instead, he is some kind of frightening beaked creature dancing on the sidelines.
What is the name of the panther mascot from Eastern Illinois University?
Billy the Panther
When we think of awesome panther names, "Billy" doesn't seem to make the cut. However, when you see the mascot costume, you realize that this panther looks like a beast you just want to hug ... so "Billy" seems to be a suitable name.
This dragon mascot from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has a interesting name. Do you know it?
A European dragon, Blaze was first introduced in 1996. At the time, the University of Alabama, Birmingham's athletic department was under 20 years old. Like most mascots, he's a member of the cheer team, or "spirit squad" (as UAB likes to define it).
Can you recognize this New York University mascot named after an animal?
We can think of about 100 names for a bobcat, but New York University simply went with "Bobcat," because hey, there's already a real name in there. Although, NYU isn't the only university athletic department who has decided not to name their mascot.
What is the name of the University of Wisconsin, Madison badger?
Borris the Badger
This crabby little dude can be spotted across the country. Either the University of Wisconsin, Madison is a really popular school, or they're just really good at football. Either way, Bucky does not look like he's messing around.
Do you know the name of this Eastern Kentucky University mascot?
No, he's not named The Colonel because Colonel Sanders started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Although, the coincidence does exist. As a matter of fact, before EKU was known for The Colonel, their team was called the Maroons.
The University of Wyoming has a pony for a mascot, what's his name?
There is nothing that screams "Wyoming" like a pony with a person's name ... Cowboy Joe loves to be around tens of thousands of people, and he knows how to put on a good show ... unless you make him wear pink.
Do you know the name of the Texas A&M mascot that looks like Lassie?
Having a living animal as your mascot can be a little intense, as you have to deal with shorter lifespans and not knowing what an animal will do. Reveille has been the Texas A&M mascot since 1931, so we know there has been more than one.
This interesting mascot comes from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts has been around since 1975. What's its name?
V is for ... Pickles? This guy is definitely one of the most interesting state university mascots out there, and he has no shame. While the only pickle-like feature he has is the fact that he's green, it's an art school, so we have to look at it as an expressionist pickle.
This knight has a name that works two ways. What is it?
While we all can find interesting news stories starting with "Florida Man ..." we can also find an interesting mascot. The University of Central Florida's mascot is a knight named Knightro. Get it? Nitro ... but a knight. It works.
Do you recognize this mascot from the University of New Mexico?
Lobo Louie and his pal Lobo Lucy are besties who love to cheer on the University of New Mexico athletic department. They are both officially members of the cheerleading squad who work tirelessly to entertain fans during games.
Can you identify this mascot that looks like very old pajamas?
The Nittany Lion
Penn State is a great school for young minds to learn, but they don't necessarily have the most creative or elaborate mascot of all of the mascots. It's a made up beast that is basically just a mountain lion, but if you look at the costume, you could see a dog or a bear. You might have to squint to see the lion part.
What is the name of this Southern New Hampshire University mascot?
In the 1970s, Southern New Hampshire University athletes were known as The Accountants, so it only makes sense that their mascot was a penman ... The school specialized in bookkeeping and other recording arts.
Colorado College has a tiger mascot, do you know his name?
This tiger mascot might look like a giant yellow blob, but his name is fierce, and that means that he is too. Prowler is a tough guy who wears a jersey, and loves hanging out with the students and fans.
Can you name the Redbird from Illinois State University?
If you went to Illinois State University, you know that that little cardinal is basically everywhere you go. Every place associated with the university is called some form of Red Bird or another, and you just can't get away from it.
What is the rhyming name of this University of South Carolina rooster mascot?
Chill the Ill
My Big Buy
Sir Big Spur
This cock knows a thing or two about running the roost. He might be small, but he is one heck of a mascot. Sir Big Spur is the University of South Carolina mascot who may be mini, but he packs a big crow.
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa campus is all about the crimson tide, but what is the name of this elephant mascot?
No, the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa doesn't have a real elephant as their mascot. This guy is bubbly and fun, even in the hot and humid summers of the American South, and he's well loved by fans and alum alike.
Which Avenger shares a name with the Southern Utah University mascot?
He doesn't carry a hammer, and he isn't worried about Ragnarok, but he is a mythical creature that is ready to go whenever Southern Utah is. Thor the Thunderbird should be your favorite name for a state university mascot, because it is so cool.
Do you know this bison mascot from North Dakota State University?
He's an American bison, and he isn't afraid to make some noise. He may be a little afraid of spelling things correctly, however. We don't have to tell them that they spelled it wrong. They can spell thunder however they please.
The only president from the state of Missouri was Harry S Truman, so it seems fitting to name their state university mascot after him. We are pretty sure there are a lot of other things Missouri can boast, but they might not be appropriate mascot names.
Can you name this devilish mascot from Arizona State University?
Damion D. Devil
Happy the Demon
Sparky the Sun Devil
If you've ever been to Arizona, you know that it gets so hot there that it feels as though Satan himself has his arm wrapped around you like you're best buddies. It's no surprise that Sparky the Sun Devil represents the team.
What is the name of this University of Minnesota gopher mascot?
The athletic department has the golden gophers, and the mascot is Goldy, who loves to wear his jersey and show off his single giant tooth to all of the fans. Gophers might not be terrifying creatures, unless you live around them.
The Oklahoma State University mascot is dressed like a cowboy. What's his name?
No, he's not the main character on "I Love You, Man" (2009), but he does have a little essence of Paul Rudd to him. Pistol Pete might look like an offensive mascot, but he is well loved in his community.
Kansas State University named their wildcat mascot a fun name. What is it?
Joey the Cat
Willie the Wildcat
He loves purple and silver, and he's way into Kansas State University athletics. We all know that the wildcat isn't the most creative mascot, but this costume is outrageous and fun ... it's literally just a cat head on a football player's body.
Making seemingly innocent creatures look angry is kind of fun for mascot designers. Sebastian the Ibis looks eerily similar to the angry badger that cheers on the University of Wisconsin, but they're different animals, so we guess it doesn't matter.