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Rank
Mascot
Mascot
Meter Rank
1.
Cocky
63
Another week, another impressive win for Cocky. My highest power rating is 65 and Cocky is at 63, just 2 points away from a perfect total. Last week I had him favored by 25% over Wolfie Jr who came in 4-6 and he won by 36% with a 65-35 margin. Cocky is your clear-cut #1 seed headed into the playoffs and will lock up an undefeated regular season and the best record overall with a win this week.
2.
Red Raider
55
My power ratings had Raider Red favored by 3% over Ms Wuf last week in my battle of #2 and #3 and the battle was tight as expected with Raider Red winning 51-49%. It was Raider Red’s 10th consecutive win and for the first time, it was a close battle. Raider Red did not meet Cocky in the regular season with his only loss a surprising upset by YouDee in the opener. Raider Red will be the #2 seed for the playoffs and is a clear-cut contender for the title this year.
3.
Ms Wuf
53
While Ms Wuf does have 3 losses, they were to #1 Cocky (by only a 52-48% margin), #2 Raider Red (by only a 51-49% margin) and to Sebastian the Ibis who at the time was ranked #2 and that loss was only 52-48%. While Ms Wuf lost last week, I keep her in the clear #3 spot and she will be a dangerous foe in the upcoming playoffs.
4.
Cam the Ram
51
Cam the Ram moved into a tie for the 3rd best record at 8-3 and kept Scarlet Knight winless but actually won by less than my power ratings called for. I called for Cam to win by 25% and he only won by 16, 58-42% margin. Cam began the season low in the power ratings but already owns wins over Wilma Wildcat and Sebastian the Ibis and should get to 9-3 this week as he battles Cosmo.
5.
Sebastian

50
Sebastian the Ibis took a little drop in the rankings losing 2 of his previous 3 heading into last week and got back on the winning side as expected with an easy win over Testudo, 58-42%. Sebastian should keep on going this week as he takes on the winless Scarlet Knight. Last week was the first time the entire year that Sebastian had scored more than 53% of the vote. My power ratings had him favored by 18% and he won by 16%. Sebastian will be a formidable opponent to whomever takes him on in the playoffs.
6.
Sparty
49
Sparty was #6 two weeks ago, dropped to #7 last week but moves up to #6 again here. He took on Truman the Tiger last week, who was rated 1 slot ahead of him and pulled the upset winning 51.3-48.3% in a battle that was close. Unfortunately for Sparty he plays Cocky in the final week and is one of three mascots at 7-4 with Wilma Wildcat at 6-5 so the playoffs are not locked up for him yet but it was a key head-to-head win over Turman the Tiger.
7.
Truman Tiger

48
Turman the Tiger had playoff destiny in his grasp. Had he won last week, he’d be in the playoffs right now but he was my #5 rated mascot and lost to #7 Sparty in a tight battle, 51.3-48.3%. Truman had beaten Bucky but all 7 of his wins this year have been to mascots that have losing records. Unfortunately for Truman, he takes on the powerful Ms Wuf this week so the battle for that 5th playoff spot is very much alive.

8.
YouDee
47
YouDee took on The Duck last week and came away with an impressive 54-46% win despite only being favored by 1%. At 7-4 YouDee needs to win this final week of the year and while he takes on Mike the Tiger, keep in mind it has been a disappointing year for Mike at 3-8. One win gives YouDee a playoff berth and even vs a powerful foe like Mike the Tiger, I’ll call for him to win and get in the playoffs.
9.
Wilma Wildcat
47
The odds are stacked against Wilma this week as she is 6-5 and not only needs to beat the #2 mascot in Raider Red, but needs one of the 7-4 mascots to lose to make the playoffs. All 5 of Wilma’s losses have been to the top 7 mascots. Last week she kept alive her playoff hopes by beating Cosmo 68-34% which was even more than expected and with one of the 7-4 teams likely to lose this week, needs to pull the upset over the powerful Raider Red. Get out there and vote Arizona fans!
10.
The Duck
43
I had the Duck in my top 5 mascots at the start of the year it was a surprisingly season and last week a loss to YouDee mathematically eliminated him from any playoff hopes as he fell 54-46%. This week The Duck plays Bucky Badger in an interesting battle to see which mascot could potential get into the top 10 and there are some strong mascots here with Mike the Tiger, The Duck and Bucky. Oregon fans are a little disappointed at their team’s outcome last week but they can still rally and get into the title game. It will be interesting to see how this mascot’s fans rally around him and could potentially keep him in the top 10.
11.
Mike the Tiger

42
Mike the Tiger was my #1 rated mascot coming in but this year he struggled in the mascot challenge and is currently 3-8. Last week Mike had a chance to move up the rankings towards the upper half of the ledger but lost 55-45% to Bucky Badger. A lot of mascots out there are breathing a sigh of relief that he won’t be in the playoffs because Mike the Tiger would have been a formidable foe should the Tiger nation have risen up.

12.
Bucky
42
Bucky Badger was much higher ranked in my power ratings at the beginning and finally came to life last week beating Mike the Tiger 55-45% and now finishes with another big name mascot that won’t be in the playoffs in The Duck. There is a good chance for Bucky Badger to finish the season with a couple of wins and build momentum for the next time he’s in the Mascot Challenge. Badger nation is a forceful one and of course, Wisconsin is playing in the Big Ten Title game.
13.

Wolfie Jr

40
Wolfie Jr drops a notch from 12 to 13 and does have a 4-7 record and had the unfortunately situation of running into Cocky last week and losing by 30%. I do give Wolfie Jr a decent chance at beating Testudo this week which would get him to the 5 win level but he has been mathematically eliminated after last week’s results.
14.
Cosmo
33
Cosmo got whipped by Wilma Wildcat last week, 68-34% and now finishes the season vs Cam the Ram, another playoff foe. Cosmo is one of the mascots that has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but it would be nice to see him go out with a win in the season finale.

15.
Testudo
33
It’s not been a kind year for Terp followers, especially with the QB’s going down with injury. Last week Testudo was whipped by playoff contender Sebastian the Ibis and now takes Wolfie Jr, needing a victory to potentially move up in the rankings. It’s your last shot Maryland fans, as Testudo has been mathematically eliminated from the playoff chase (oh that happened a couple weeks ago). Get out there and vote!

16.
Scarlet Knight
25
I think it’s fair to say that the Scarlet Knight has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs but now the big question is can Scarlet Knight actually pull out a win this year. Last week he was more competitive than my power ratings thought staying within 16% of Cam the Ram so perhaps the Rutgers nation will Ignite Your Knight and get this mascot his first win of the season.

ODDS TO WIN CHALLENGE
 
 
Cocky
3-5
Sebastian
3-1
Red Raider
2-1
Ms Wuf
7-2
Sparty
5-1
Truman the Tiger
8-1
YouDee
10-1
Wilma Wildcat
15-1
Mike the Tiger
15-1
Cam the Ram
20-1
Bucky the Badger
25-1
Wolfie Jr
50-1
The Duck
50-1
Cosmo
100,000-1
Testudo
100,000-1
Scarlett Knight
1,000,000-1