Nov. 29, 2011
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Because of your continuous support Buzz has moved onto Round Two of the Playoffs in the Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge after easily defeating Brutus of Ohio State last week.
“Those Georgia Tech fans are the greatest,” said Buzz through a mascot interpreter. “They have been so supportive all year and in a week where their focus was on the big game against Georgia, they still came out and supported me!”
Buzz has earned 3,543,300 votes during the 12 week regular season and first week of the playoffs and for his efforts was rewarded the No. 1 seed. After the easy win last week, Buzz finds himself facing off against Wilbur of Arizona who took down defending champion Big Blue of Old Dominion in an upset last week.
Wilbur came into the playoffs as the sixth seed with a 7-5 record and over 1.3 million votes cast in his favor. However, Buzz took the regular season meeting between these two mascots, 187,147 to 71,630 in a week nine win.
The other matchups set for week two of the playoffs pits Aubie of Auburn against Wolfie, Jr. of Nevada, the only other undefeated mascot in the challenge.
Wilbur shocked the mascot world last weekend with his 388,298 to 262,426 victory over Big Blue, who was the heavy favorite. Don’t let that Pac-12 mascot get the upper hand this week. Buzz is already out to a good lead but, Wilbur is nipping on his heels.
Fans can tune-in to the Capital One Bowl broadcast at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPN on January 2, 2012 to learn which mascot prevails to be named the Capital One National Mascot of the Year and earn $20,000 toward its collegiate mascot program, provided by Capital One.
The 2011 national mascot champion will join an elite group of mascots that have held the title over the past 10 years of the program. Past winners include: “Monty” of University of Montana (2002, 2004), “Cocky” of University of South Carolina (2003), “Herbie Husker” of University of Nebraska (2005), “Butch T. Cougar” of Washington State University (2006), “Zippy” of University of Akron (2007), “Cy” of Iowa State University (2008), “Bearcat” of University of Cincinnati (2009) and defending champion “Big Blue” of Old Dominion University (2010).
The best news for Tech fans is that Hairy Dawg has been completely eliminated from competition after a poor showing during the regular season. Georgia fans “helped” Hairy Dawg to last place in the Capital One Mascot Challenge as he lost EVERY SINGLE match up finishing with an 0-12 record and a measly 209,650 votes cast in his favor. THWG!