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Raider Red Defends National Championship in Mascot Contest

Capital One Mascot Challenge 2013 voting is underway.

Written by Leslie Cranford

Capital One Mascot Challenge 2013

Raider Red is competing against 15 university mascots.

Raider Red, Texas Tech University’s costumed mascot, and the reigning Capital One National Mascot of the Year, will defend his title in the 2013 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

Last year’s win against 15 other collegiate mascots netted Texas Tech’s mascot program a $20,000 scholarship. The grand prize remains the same for the new voting season.

This year’s competition pits Red against mascots from the University of Arizona, Boston College, Colorado State University, East Carolina University, Louisiana State University, Michigan State University, the University of Montana, the University of Kansas, the University of Oregon, South Florida University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Toledo, Virginia Tech University, the University of Wisconsin and Western Kentucky University.

The upcoming contest also features new challenges involving Facebook and Twitter. Aside from the previous ‘click-and-vote’ option on capitalonebowl.com, Capital One is providing fans two additional ways to support their favorite mascot. Fans can show love for their mascot by completing the weekly 25-point challenge and posting it on Facebook or Twitter. A weekly 100-point challenge is a true test of mascot pride; upload the required photo or video as evidence and Capital One will add 100 points to that mascot’s total.

In 2012 Red took second place out of 16 mascots in regular-season voting to contend for the most votes nationwide; he then faced the first-place and undefeated Cocky the Gamecock from the University of South Carolina in the final round.

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year is determined by Internet voting and additional social media challenges. Twelve weeks of regular-season voting end Nov. 24 with playoffs beginning the following day, including quarter-final, semi-final and championship voting weeks. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1). Each of the 2013 participants also will receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.

Vote at www.capitalonebowl.com or on Twitter with #CapitalOneRaiderRed.

Fans can follow Raider Red on Facebook.com/TTURaiderRed and Twitter @TTURaiderRed.

The 16 contestants are selected by a panel of judges from Capital One from among the mascot entries received from all eligible NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision schools.

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Saddle Tramps

The Saddle Tramps was organized in the Fall of 1936 by Head Cheerleader Arch Lamb. The group was conceived to help channel the student body's sometimes overly exuberant and unruly nature into more positive and productive activities.

Saddle Tramps attend all men’s home football, basketball and baseball games. The primary focus remains to further the spirit and uphold the traditions of Texas Tech University. Some of the traditions that maintain are: Raider Red, wrapping of Will Rogers and Midnight Raiders, Homecoming Bonfire and Parade, bell circles, Victory Bells, shotguns, UT/A&M Watch, Carol of Lights, Bangin’ Bertha and many more.

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