Texas football’s Bevo tabbed as a top mascot in college football

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Texas football is clearly one of the biggest brands in all of college sports. And part of that level of recognition that Texas brings to the table as a brand, the mascot tends to get just as much attention by default.

But the Longhorns clearly have one of the most famous and recognizable mascots in the entire country with Bevo and the famous Longhorn logo. Bevo is a beloved symbol of the Longhorns both in terms of athletics and as a representation of the school itself.

The icon that is Bevo makes the Longhorns’ mascot one of the most notable in all of college sports, especially football. When college football fans think of some of the most famous mascots in the present day, Bevo is usually one of the first that comes to mind.

That sentiment was echoed in a list from Riley Gates of 247Sports on July 24 which ranked out the 14 best mascots in college football in 2022. Bevo was included in this list among some other very prominent mascots for some of the biggest programs in college football.

Here’s more on what this 247Sports piece had to say about Bevo’s placement on this list of the best mascots in college football in 2022.

Texas football mascot Bevo tabbed as one of the best in college sports

"Down in Austin, they have two mascots. There is Hook ‘em, the full body costume that looks like a Longhorn. And then there is the live Longhorn Bevo, who holds his own cage on the field at Texas games. As they pass on over the years, the actual Bevo changes but the look remains relatively the same. The large horns on his head match the school nickname to the literal definition."

This 247Sports piece also noted Hook’em as the human mascot of the Longhorns, which also embodies the brand of this program.

Bevo has given us some pretty iconic moments over the years, from leading a lot of the festivities at DKR on Saturdays during the fall to charging UGA during the 2018-19 Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs. And we’re sure to get more iconic moments in the years to come from Bevo.

Moreover, some of the other notable mascots that made this list were Alabama’s Big Al, the Notre Dame Leprechaun, Georgia’s UGA, LSU’s Mike the Tiger, the Stanford Tree, and Colorado’s Ralphie the Buffalo, among others.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against Louisiana-Monroe.