The Capital One National Mascot of the Year is determined by Internet voting. Fans can vote unlimited times at capitalonebowl.com/vote. Twitter voters must use the hashtag #CapitalOneRaiderRed. The playoffs are a single-elimination vote over a three-week period.
Week one of the playoffs finds Red competing against the University of Missouri's Truman the Tiger. Reds only regular-season loss came in week one against the University of Delawares YoUDee.
The playoff voting will be conducted in three rounds over a three-week period today (Nov. 26) through Dec. 17. Based on the mascot rankings at the end of the regular season, each mascot was given a playoff seeding ranging from No. 1 to No. 8. The mascot with the most votes at the end of the championship round will be the Capital One National Mascot of the Year and will be announced during the 2013 Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013. The winner will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its schools mascot program. Each of the 2012 participants also will receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.