College Football Nicknames, Mascots and Game Day Traditions
Ever wondered what an Ohio State Buckeye is?  Who has the best mascot in college football?  Is it the Texas
Longhorns' Bevo?  Who has the best game day tradition?  Is it Clemson's "running down the hill?"  Discover the
answer to these questions and many of college football's great stories below.
Alabama Crimson Tide
What is a Crimson Tide?   Red Detergent?
Air Force Falcons
Air Force Academy spirit travels  at Mach 1.
Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas fans yell "Whoo, pig, sooie"
when excited about the hogs.  
Arizona Wildcats
A loss worth roaring about
Arizona State Sun Devils
Once had an Ab-Normal nickname
Army Black Knights
Army supports cheer for the "A Team"
Auburn Tigers
An Eagle named Tiger?
Baylor Bears
The Judge Rules When it Comes to
Baylor Mascots!
Boston College Eagles
They're dressed to meet the Pope!
Cal Golden Bears
Success is always "in the cards!"
Clemson Tigers
Tiger spirits high even though their going
down hill!
Colorado Buffaloes
No one storms the field quite like
Colorado
Florida State Seminoles
Chief Osceola declares war on FSU
opponents.
Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Bulldog's mascot rates as "Top
Dawg" and more!
Indiana Hoosiers
If a Hoosier is present, who's there?
Kansas Jayhawks
Their mascot combines two animals.
Kansas State Wildcats
Players once earned a farmer's tan
LSU Tigers
LSU's Tigers were originally Rebels!
Maryland Terrapins
A place where they "Fear the Turtle!"
Michigan Wolverines
Wolverines is more than just a salute to
the state nickname.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
It was all politics
Mississippi State Buldogs
Mississippi State Bulldogs like to "Bully"
their competitors!
Missouri Tigers
Their mascot is named after a former U.S.
President!
Navy Midshipmen
It's an honor to be a "Goat" at the Naval
Academy
Nebraska Cornhuskers
What exactly is a Husker?
North Carolina Tarheels
How does one become or find a Tarheel?
NC State Wolfpack
It came from a disgruntled fan.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Always after me Lucky Charms?
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeye mystery is solved!
Oklahoma Sooners
Better to "Boomer Sooner" than Later
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Straight From the Pages of the Wild West!
Penn State Nittany Lions
The first of the Lions.  Once donned dark
pink??
Purdue Boilermakers
Boilermakers are always served at Purdue
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
It's where it all began
College Football Nicknames
"Lions, Tigers and Bears. Oh My!"
Since the dawning of advanced civilization, groups both large and small have sought ways to identify themselves.  While giving the individuals within the group a
sense of belonging, nicknames also create an image in the minds of others.
This philosophy has been evident in war when fighting units have labeled themselves with names such as Minutemen, Rebels and Fighting Tigers.  With football
teams taking to the field of battle for a game it became natural for universities to adopt warrior like nicknames.  That’s why on a typical college football Saturday
invading forces with the nicknames of Trojans, Spartans and Black Knights seek to conquer their opponents.
While all schools devise battle plans for victory, they don’t all embrace military themed nicknames.  That’s why major college football nicknames also feature frogs,
Hurricanes,Aggies and more.  Below you'll find research on college football nicknames and answers to many questions that surround them.  You’ll uncover such
college nickname mysteries such as what an Ohio State Buckeye is and why Tulsa is known as the Golden Hurricanes despite they’re being in Oklahoma.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NICKNAMES
BY CLASSIFICATIONS
ACTS OF GOD

Iowa State                            Cyclones
Miami                                   Hurricanes
Tulsa                                    Golden Hurricanes
REPTILES/AMPHIBIANS

Florida                                 Gators
Maryland                             Terrapins
TCU                                      Horned Frogs        
AGRICULTURE

Nebraska                             Cornhuskers
New Mexico State              Aggies
Texas A&M                          Aggies
Utah State                           Aggies

WOLVES

Arkansas State                   Red Wolves
Nevada                                Wolf Pack
New Mexico                        Lobos
North Carolina State          Wolf Pack
APPAREL
Akron                                   Zips
PIGS

Arkansas                             Razorbacks
BEARS

Baylor                                   Bears
California                             Golden Bears
UCLA                                     Bruins
RAMS

Colorado State                    Rams
Beavers

Oregon State                      Beavers                
REBELS

Nevada Las Vegas              Rebels
Mississippi                          Rebels
BIRDS

Ball State                             Cardinals
Louisville                             Cardinals
Oregon                                 Ducks
Boston College                   Eagles
Eastern Michigan                Eagles
Southern Miss                    Golden Eagles
North Texas                         Mean Green Eagles
Air Force                              Falcons
Bowling Green                    Falcons
South Carolina                    Gamecocks
Florida Atlantic                   Owls
Rice                                      Owls
Temple                                 Owls
Miami Ohio                          Redhawks
Texas San Antonio             Roadrunners
Louisiana Monroe              Warhawks
PREDATORY CATS

Cincinnati                            Bearcats
Ohio                                     Bobcats
Texas State                         Bobcats
Brigham Young                  Cougars
Houston                              Cougars
Penn State                          Nittany Lions
Florida International         Golden Panthers
Pittsburgh                           Panthers
Auburn                                Tigers
Clemson                              Tigers
LSU                                      Tigers
Memphis                             Tigers
Missouri                              Tigers
Arizona                                Wildcats
Kansas State                      Wildcats
Kentucky                             Wildcats
Northwestern                     Wildcats
BUFFALO

Colorado                             Buffaloes
Marshall                              Thundering Herd
HORSES

Boise State                          Broncos
SMU                                      Mustangs
Western Michigan              Broncos
BUGS

Georgia Tech                      Yellow Jackets
LIVESTOCK                    

Buffalo                                 Bulls
South Florida                      Bulls
Texas                                   Longhorns
PLANT LIFE

Ohio State                            Buckeyes
GOPHERS

Minnesota                           Golden Gophers
DOGS

Fresno State                       Bulldogs
Georgia                                Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech                   Bulldogs
Mississippi State                Bulldogs
Connecticut                        Huskies
Northern Illinois                 Huskies
Washington                         Huskies
STATE NICKNAME MATCHES

Indiana                                 Hoosiers
Iowa                                      Hawkeyes
Kansas                                 Jayhawks
Michigan                              Wolverines
Nebraska                             Cornhusker
North Carolina                    Tarheels
Ohio State                           Buckeyes
Oklahoma                            Sooners
Oregon State                      Beavers
Tennessee                          Volunteers
Wisconsin                            Badgers
COLORS

North Texas                         Mean Green
Stanford                               Cardinal
Syracuse                              Orange
FROM THE WILD WEST

Oklahoma State                  Cowboys
Wyoming                              Cowboys

FIRE AND LIGHT

Alabama-Birmingham         Blazers
Kent                                     Golden Flashes
Ancient Warriors

Troy                                      Trojans
USC                                      Trojans
Achievers

Western Kentucky             Hilltoppers
Soldiers

UMass                                  Minutemen
DEVILISH NAMES

Arizona State                      Sun Devils
Duke                                    Blue Devils
Wake Forest                       Demon Deacons
ETHNIC HERITAGE

Louisiana-Lafayette           Rajun’ Cajuns
Notre Dame                        Fighting Irish
INDIANS

Central Michigan               Chippewas
Florida State                       Seminoles
Illinois                                  Fighting Illini
San Diego State                  Aztecs
Utah                                      Utes
KNIGHTS

Army                                     Black Knights
Central Florida                   Golden Knights
Rutgers                               Scarlet Knights
MECHANICAL WORKERS

Purdue                                 Boilermakers
Texas El Paso                      Miners
West Virginia                      Mountaineers
SAILING THE SEAS

East Carolina                      Pirates
Navy                                     Midshipmen
Vanderbilt                           Commodores
NOBILITY

Virginia                                Cavaliers
WATER

Alabama                               Crimson Tide
Tulane                                  Green Wave
RAIDERS

Texas Tech                          Red Raiders
Middle Tennessee State   Blue Raiders

UNDETERMINED

Virginia Tech                       Hokies
College Football's Top Mascots
As selected by College Football News
The top collegiate mascots were ranked 1-25 (Sept. 2007)
1
Ralphie: Colorado
  14
Sebastian the Ibis: Miami
2
UGA: Georgia
  15
Mule: Army
3
Bevo: Texas
  16
Traveler: USC
4
Tiger the Eagle: Auburn
  17
Leprechaun: Notre Dame
5
Sooner Schooner: Okl
  18
Albert Gator: Florida
6
Chief Osceola: FSU
  19
Tree: Stanford
7
Bucky Badger: Wisconsin
  20
Otto Orange: Syracuse
8
Smokey: Tennessee
  21
Hokie: Virginia Tech
9
Reveille: Texas A&M
  22
Purdue Pete: Purdue
10
Sparty: Michigan State
  23
Mike the Tiger: LSU
11
Mountaineer: West VA.
  24
Masked Raider: Tex. Tech
12
Mach 1 Falcon: Air Force
  25
Brutus Buckeye: Ohio St.
13
Husky: Washington
     
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South Carolina Gamecocks
South Carolina tradition is filled with a
fighting gamecock spirit.
Stanford Cardinal
They have the most famous tree in college
football
Syracuse Orange
The most loved fruit in college athletics
Tennessee Volunteers
Volunteer fans are on top of "Old Smokey!"
Texas Longhorns
Longhorn fans are "Hooked" on tradition!
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech's masked rider is no Lone
Ranger
TCU Horned Frogs
It's cool to be "Horny" at TCU!
Texas A&M Aggies
Aggies make Reveille a tail-wagging
experience
Washington Huskies
No Longer the Sun Dodgers.
Wisconsin Badgers
Did you know that Wisconsin "plays" a 5th
quarter at their home football games?
USC Trojans
USC's Mascot rode straight into Hollywood!
Vanderbilt Commodores
This Commodore was never a computer
West Virginia Mountaineers
Forever in Buck Skin!
Western Kentucky
Hilltoppers
They see Big Red and wave red all the
time.  And then they walk up that hill!