Raider Red is riding high after being mentioned in a USA Today article.

USA Today's "For The Win" section ranked the top 68 mascots of the teams in the NCAA Tournament. Raider Red was strong in the competition, coming in at number 20.

Number 20 isn't that bad considering Raider Red was one of the few entries that had an accompanying picture. It featured Raider Red escorting a bride onto the field at Jones AT&T Stadium (during the 2018 Texas Tech-West Virginia game), captioned with "I love this one so much..."

Texas Tech was the highest rated Big 12 Mascot in the story, but we had some neighborly competition as the New Mexico State Aggies came in as number 19 with the caption "...but I love this one more."

This is a pretty awesome honor for Raider Red. Let's hope the round-ballers take some of the team spirit into the tournament this Friday in Tulsa.