The 13 scariest mascots in college football

While most college kids across the country are getting their costumes ready for their campus Halloween parties, a select group of students are already donning masks and elaborate outfits every Saturday with the added responsibility of entertaining an entire crowd during a football game. That’s right, we’re talking about mascots.

But some of these costumes aren’t as cute and cuddly as the animals they represent. In fact, some of them are downright terrifying. Here’s a look at the 13 scariest mascots in college football.

Louie, the Cardinal Bird mascot, leads the University of Louisville football team into the stadium before the start of their NCAA college football game against second-ranked Florida State in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

13. Louie the Cardinal, Louisville

First of all, birds don’t have teeth! Louie the Cardinal is the real-life incarnation of Angry Birds, except he’s the one who holds the slingshot, probably firing humans into a bunch of random objects in hopes of breaking his personal high score. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Garry Jones)

Georgia mascot Hairy Dawg before an NCAA college football game against Nicholls, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 26-24. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)

12. Hairy Dawg, Georgia

Who let the dogs out?! Hairy Dawg, probably. The meanest bulldog in the nation is not to be messed with. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Brett Davis)


Sparty, the Michigan State University mascot entertains fans in November 1998 in East Lansing, Mich. Some MSU fans suggest the school's other mascot, the Spartan Chariot driven by Mike Hall and led by white Arabian horses, could give MSU's foam rubber mascot a run for his money. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

11. Sparty, Michigan State

Sparty never misses a day at the gym and is the descendant of a Spartan warrior. Remember the movie ‘300’? It was all based on Sparty; from the chiseled abs to the insane fight sequences to yelling, “THIS IS SPARTA!” All of it. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Arkansas Razorback mascot Big Red poses for a photo during an NCAA college football game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

10. Big Red, Arkansas

You remember the end of The Lion King when Pumba goes apes**t on a pack of hyenas? “They call me MR. PIG!” Yeah, Big Red is like that all the time. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Beth Hall)

Kansas State mascot "Willie the Wildcat" leads the team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Kent State Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

9. Willie the Wildcat, Kansas State

Obviously a science experiment gone wrong, Willie the Wildcat has the head of a cat and the body of a human. Think about that for a second–all the evil schemes your cat is clearly plotting against you can now come true thanks to opposable thumbs. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Wake Forest's "Demon Deacon" mascot leads the team on the field before an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

8. Demon Deacon, Wake Forest

Aren’t Deacons supposed to be the good guys? The Demon Deacon has been known to go cruising on his Harley late at night and put hexes on random strangers. This guy is clearly on the dark side and practices voodoo magic. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Oklahoma State mascot Pistol Pete gestures in the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game against Alabama in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

7. Pistol Pete, Oklahoma State

First, I’m compelled to point out Pistol Pete’s eerie resemblance to Burt Reynolds. That’s scary enough, but when you look closely at that shiny plastic face it’s clear that this dude is a certified creep. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)


6. Webstur, Richmond

You don’t need to have arachnophobia to be afraid of this creepy crawler. Webstur is the type of spider that won’t be squished by a shoe or bug repellent. In fact, he probably inhales Raid when he wakes up in the morning. It’s going to take a team of exterminators to even attempt to get rid of him. (Photo Credit: Twitter/RichmondWebstUR)

Purdue Pete, the Purdue mascot, poses on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Illinois Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

5. Purdue Pete, Purdue

Those huge, soulless eyes probably turn you into stone if you stare into them for too long. Not sure what Purdue Pete needs that giant hammer for, but it’s obviously not for anything good. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

In this Nov. 16, 2013, file photo, Arizona State mascot Sparky the Sun Devil poses for students during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

4. Sparky the Sun Devil, Arizona State

Sparky the Sun Devil carries a trident and is obviously scheming on the low. I mean, he is an actual devil. Devils are bad. These are facts. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 photo, Stanford University student Sam Weyen, who portrays the Stanford Tree, the school's mascot, poses for a portrait on the university's campus in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

3. Stanford Tree, Stanford

Yeah. Those eyes. That creepy grin. No thanks. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)



Big Red, the Western Kentucky mascot, performs in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Louisville won 78-55. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

2. Big Red, Western Kentucky

Ummm, pardon my language but what the f**k is this?! Seriously, what is it? This red blob bears no resemblance to anything real. And who knows — could it actually be friendly? But right now it looks like Big Red goes around town and swallows people whole. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2007, file photo, LSU mascot Mike VI, a part Bengal and Siberian tiger, sits in his cage on the field for his first time before an NCAA college football game between LSU and Florida in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

1. Mike VI, LSU

Mike VI takes the cake as our scariest mascot because he’s an actual, living, breathing tiger! Not a costume, but a real predator that is at the top of the food chain and rules the jungle. Unfortunately, Mike VI was diagnosed with a rare, incurable form of cancer in May and passed away this month. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike VI and the LSU family. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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