We have changed the bracket this season to resemble that of the NCAA Tournament. Sixty-eight of the nation’s top mascots have been selected for the fourth annual challenge. Some are familiar faces from last year’s challenge, and some are newcomers looking for your support!
We were on the fence with a handful of mascots, which is what led to the change in the field size and format.
Much like the NCAA Tournament, there will be four ‘vote-in’ match-ups that will take place on the weekend before voting in the field of 64 gets underway on September 25th.
In the three years that the contest has been around, two different mascots have taken home the title of ‘Top Mascot in the NCAA.’
Back in 2014-15, Harry the Hawk took home the title, and proceeded to retire from mascot competitions following the challenge. The former mascot of the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks was replaced by his nephew, HH3, in last year’s contest.
In 2015-16, it was Sam the Minutman who took home the crown for the Massachusetts Minutemen.
Then, last year, it was a newcomer who took home the crown. Boomer, the mascot for the Missouri State Bears, rolled over competition and picked up his second mascot title of the off-season.
The field of 68 mascots has been separated into four regions, and all of the pairings were selected by drawing names out of a hat. The ‘vote-in’ pairings and spots in which they were placed in the event were all selected at random.
Voting methods will be announced next week, in advance of the four ‘vote-in’ pairings getting underway.
Fans can vote for their favourite mascots in two ways this season.
Just like the past three seasons, fans can cast their vote through online polls on our website. Fans can submit one vote per day, per device, for their favourite mascot in the challenge!
Then, at the start of each round, a Facebook album will be created with a photo of each mascot. Any sort of interaction on the photo (LIKE, LOVE, etc) will count as one vote for that mascot for the corresponding round.
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Voting Schedule (*subject to change)
First Four: Fri. Sept. 22nd – Sun. Sept. 24th – CLOSED!!!
Round of 64: Mon. Sept. 25th – Sun. Oct. 1st – CLOSED!!! (Results)
Round of 32: Mon. Oct. 2nd – Sun. Oct. 8th – CLOSED!!! (Results)
Sweet 16: Mon. Oct. 9th – Sun. Oct. 15th – CLOSED!!! (Results)
Elite 8: Mon. Oct. 16th – Sun. Oct. 22nd
Final 4: Mon. Oct. 23rd – Sun. Oct. 29th
Championship: Mon. Oct. 30th – Sun. Nov. 5th
Winner will be revealed on Monday, November 6th, 2017!
Boomer (Missouri State) v. Scrappy the Owl (Kennesaw State)
Boomer – Missouri State Bears
YoUDee – Delaware Blue Hens
Chauncey Chanticleer – Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Don – Fort Wayne Mastodons
Emmitt S. Burg – Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Jack – South Dakota State Jackrabbits
Izzy the Islander – Texas A&M-CC Islanders
John B. Stetson – Stetson Hatters
Peter the Anteater – UC Irvine Anteaters
Goldy – Minnesota Golden Gophers
Mario the Magnificent – Drexel Dragons
Durango – Omaha Mavericks
Blaze – UAB Blazers
Ozzie the Osprey – North Florida Ospreys
Rameses – North Carolina Tar Heels
Scrappy the Owl – Kennesaw State Owls
Butler Blue III (Butler) v. WuShock (Wichita State)
Butler Blue III – Butler Bulldogs
Elwood Lancer – Longwood Lancers
Testudo – Maryland Terrapins
Damien – Albany Great Danes
Monte – Niagara Purple Eagles
Sebastian the Ibis – Miami (FL) Hurricanes
The Governor – Austin Peay Governors
Wally Pilot – Portland Pilots
Rodney – VCU Rams
Bucky Badger – Wisconsin Badgers
HH3 – Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
Super Frog – TCU Horned Frogs
Victor E. Viking – Northern Kentucky Norse
WuShock – Wichita State Shockers
Ole! – UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Cayenne – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns
Bill (Navy) v. Puddles (Oregon)
Sam the Minuteman – Massachusetts Minutemen
Monte – Montana Grizzlies
Shadow – Monmouth Hawks
The Bird – Air Force Falcons
Willie the Wave – Pepperdine Waves
Bill – Navy Midshipmen
Magnus – Cleveland State
Norm – Charlotte 49ers
Big Al – Alabama Crimson Tide
Big Red – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Puddles – Oregon Ducks
Ace – Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Bernie – Siena Saints
Sparty – Michigan State Spartans
Rhett – Boston Univ. Terriers
Too-Fly – Delaware State Hornets
Petey Griffin (Canisius) v. Kaboom! (Bradley)
Petey Griffin – Canisius Golden Griffins
Aubie – Auburn Tigers
Sparky – UIC Flames
Benny Beaver – Oregon State Beavers
The Billiken – Saint Louis Billikens
Knightro – UCF Knights
Rudy Flyer – Dayton Flyers
Victor E. Bull – Buffalo Bulls
Ralphie – Colorado Buffaloes
Scrappy – Chattanooga Mocs
Handsome Dan – Yale Bulldogs
Lucas the Stag – Fairfield Stags
Gaylord – Campbell Fighting Camels
Sammy C. Hawk – UNC Wilmington Seahawks
Howl – Arkansas State Red Wolves
Kaboom! – Bradley Braves