Back the Blue Hen
YoUDee faces LSU's Mike the Tiger in Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge
12:50 p.m., Nov. 19, 2012--YoUDee, the University of Delaware’s national champion mascot, defeated the Duck of the University of Oregon in the 11th round of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, which closed about noon on Monday.
YoUDee is now 7-4 in the challenge and in seventh place in the standings, and enters the 12th round against Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University, with voting under way.
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After this week’s battle, the top eight mascots with the best head-to-head records will compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination playoff competition to determine the overall winner.
Fans can vote at the Capital One Bowl website, and are encouraged to use the contest’s Facebook and Twitter access to remind friends to cast their ballots.
“This is the final competition of the Capital One Bowl ‘regular season’ voting, and YoUDee is close to the goal of making the playoffs,” said Sharon Harris of the Office of Communications and Marketing, who directs the mascot program. “We encourage Blue Hens around the world to continue casting their ballots online so the University can be represented in the playoffs.”
If YoUDee makes the playoffs, voting will begin about noon, Monday, Nov. 26.
In addition to YoUDee, the challenge features All-America team mascots Wilma T. Wildcat of the University of Arizona, Testudo of the University of Maryland, Cam the Ram of Colorado State University, Truman the Tiger of the University of Missouri, Ms. Wuf of North Carolina State University, the Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University and Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami.
Also vying for the national title are Cosmo of Brigham Young University, Raider Red of Texas Tech University, Sparty of Michigan State University, Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University, Wolfie Jr. of the University of Nevada, Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin, the Duck of the University of Oregon and Cocky of the University of South Carolina.
YoUDee is enshrined in the Mascot Hall of Fame and is the defending national mascot champion, having won the top prize at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading and Dance National Championships held in January at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
After being selected by Capital One, members of the YoUDee mascot team traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the preparation of promotional materials for the challenge. The Capital One Mascot Challenge site now features humorous videos of the mascots.
The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013, and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2012 Capital One All-America team members will also receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.