In case you haven’t been following the National Mascot of the Year competition, sponsored during the college football season by Capital One, two schools from the Big 12 are in the final running along with six other playoff quarterfinalists.
Besides Kansas and Texas Tech, the other quarterfinalists are Michigan State’s “Sparty,” Tennessee’s “Smokey,” “Rocky the Bull” from the University of South Florida, East Carolina’s “Pee Dee,” “Bucky Badger” from Wisconsin and the “Hokie Bird” of Virginia Tech
The eight quarterfinalists are seeded and paired against one another in a quarterfinal playoff round. The Kansas Jayhawk is matched up against Virginia Tech’s Hokie Bird. The other quarterfinal contest involving a Big 12 school is the defending champion “Raider Red” from Texas Tech. Raider Red is matched up against the Tennessee Volunteers‘ mascot “Smokey.”
The winners are determined by a vote of the fans, using one of three methods to cast a vote: the Capital One Bowl website (www.capitalonebowl.com), Twitter or Facebook.
The eight quarterfinalists will be divided in half into a semifinal round followed by a championship round
The winning mascot will win $20,000 toward their school’s mascot program and be announced during the Capital One Bowl game on Jan. 1. Texas Tech’s Raider Red was the winner of the 2012 Capital One National Mascot of the Year award.