Brutus the Buckeye cheers on Ohio State's athletic teams.
While Stanford doesn't have an official mascot, the Tree -- which is actually part of the school's band -- entertains the Cardinal fans.
Western Kentucky's Big Red not only entertains the Hilltoppers' fans, but it has also been part of the Capital One All-America Mascot teams and has appeared on NBC's "Deal or no deal."
Nebraska's Lil' Red tries to keep the Cornhusker fans rowdy when the team's in action.
Wichita State's athletic teams are represented by WuShock, a large bundle of wheat.
A large orange named Otto is charged with entertaining Syracuse's fans.
Wake Forest's mascot, the Demon Deacon, tries to look dignified -- even atop a hog -- while he entertains the fans, wearing a top hat and tails.
A Billiken -- known to be a good-luck figure -- is the mascot of choice for St. Louis University.
George Mason's mascot, Gunston, first appeared on the sidelines during a men's basketball game against Ohio State in 1995.
When it came time to choose a mascot, the University of Arkansas at Monticello chose the boll weevil, a small gray bug that poses a huge danger to cotton crops.
The nickname for University of Dayton athletic teams is the Flyers, so they get this unusual looking pilot, the Rudy Flyer, for a mascot.
Originally intended as a joke, Artie the Artichoke has been embraced by Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College's Fighting Artichoke community as a beloved character.
One of the most popular strange mascots can be found at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where a banana slug named Sammy serves in the role.
Although Delta State University's sports teams are known as the Statesmen/Lady Statesmen, the unofficial mascot at the Cleveland, Miss., team is the Fighting Okra, aka Mr. Okra.
The men's athletic teams at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., are known as the Ichabods, in honor of the school's early benefactor, Ichabod Washburn.
Webster University near St. Louis chose the Gorlok, a mythical creature with the paws of a cheetah, horns of a buffalo and the face of a Saint Bernard, for its mascot. The name comes from combining two local street names.
Ohio Wesleyan University teams have the Battling Bishop to lead them into the fray.
Whittier College in California features the nickname Poets. The school's mascot? Why, Johnny Poet, of course, in honor of the school's namesake, Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.
One of the strangest mascots by far is the Evergreen State University Geoduck (pronounced gooey duck). The geoduck is a species of very large saltwater clam found along the northwest Pacific Coast, fitting for the Olympia, Wash., school.
While this last one isn't as bizarre as the other choices, there still is something odd about having George Washington as your mascot, even if you are George Washington University.