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Nittany Lion Declared The Fastest College Mascot

Have you ever wondered what the fastest college mascot is? Probably not, but it turns out it’s the symbol of our best. In honor of National Running Day, 247Sports ranked every Power Five-conference mascot in terms of speed. In the “Speedy Predator” division, the Penn State Nittany Lion was named number one.

To rank the mascots, the writers at 247Sports took a school’s nickname, decided whether or not a land speed could be determined, and then simply Googled “How fast can a ______ run.” According to the all-knowing search engine, a Nittany Lion could reach speeds of 50 miles per hour, which is 10 miles per hour faster than the second-place LSU Tigers.

Here’s the complete list from 247Sports:

Speedy Predator Division

1) Penn State Nittany Lions: 50 mph
T-2) LSU Tigers: 40 mph
T-2) Auburn Tigers: 40 mph
T-2) Missouri Tigers: 40 mph
2) Colorado Buffaloes: 40 mph
2) Clemson Tigers: 40 mph
7) N.C. State Wolfpack: 37 mph
T-8) Florida Gators: 35 mph
T-8) Kentucky Wildcats: 35 mph
T-8) Kansas State Wildcats: 35 mph
T-8) Arizona Wildcats: 35 mph
T-8) Pitt Panthers: 35 mph
T-8) Northwestern Wildcats: 35 mph
T-13) Arkansas Razorbacks: 30 mph
T-13) California Golden Bears: 30 mph
T-13) Michigan Wolverines: 30 mph
T-13) UCLA Bruins: 30 mph
T-13) Baylor Bears: 30 mph
18) Washington Huskies: 28 mph
19) Virginia Tech Hokies: 25 mph

Human Beings

T-20) USC Trojans: 20 mph
T-20) Tennessee Volunteers: 20 mph
T-20) Vanderbilt Commodores: 20 mph
T-20) Utah Utes: 20 mph
T-20) Oklahoma Sooners: 20 mph
T-20) Texas A&M Aggies: 20 mph
T-20) Ole Miss Rebels: 20 mph
T-20) Indiana Hoosiers: 20 mph
T-20) Michigan State Spartans: 20 mph
T-20) Nebraska Cornhuskers: 20 mph
T-20) Iowa Hawkeye: 20 mph
T-20) Illinois Fighting Illini: 20 mph
T-20) Purdue Boilermakers: 20 mph
T-20) Texas Tech Red Raiders: 20 mph
T-20) West Virginia Mountaineers: 20 mph
T-20) North Carolina Tar Heels: 20 mph
T-20) Virginia Cavaliers: 20 mph
T-20) Florida State Seminoles: 20 mph
T-20) Kansas Jayhawks: 20 mph
T-20) Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 20 mph

Heavily Armored Humans

40) Rutgers Scarlet Knights: A little less than 20 mph

Slower-Moving Terrestrial Mammals And Fowl

41) Wisconsin Badgers: 19 mph
T-42) Georgia Bulldogs: 18 mph
T-42) Mississippi State Bulldogs: 18 mph
44) Texas Longhorns: 15 mph
45) TCU Horned Frogs: 11 mph
46) South Carolina Gamecocks: 9 mph
47) Oregon Ducks: 5 mph
48) Maryland Terrapins: couldn’t find an exact speed but reckon they’re pretty dang slow

Couldn’t Find Exact Speeds, But They Sure Seem Like Quick Little Fellas

T-49) Minnesota Golden Gophers
T-49) Oregon State Beavers


Is a color
Stanford Cardinal

Is a weather phenomenon incapable of running
Iowa State Cyclones
Crimson Tide
Miami Hurricanes

Is a tree, also incapable of running
Ohio State Buckeyes

Disqualified, airborne division
Louisville Cardinals
Boston College Eagles
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Whether it’s a citrus fruit or just a color, disqualified either way
Syracuse Orange

Is a hellbeast
Arizona State Sun Devils
Duke Blue Devils

About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]


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