Every week college football's AP and Coaches' polls rank the top 25 teams. While the order of both rankings debated endlessly, perhaps an equally contentious question involves mascots: Which is the best one in college football?
And who are we to deprive you of that conversation? Here is a list of the top sports teams with dog mascots in the NCAA, along with a brief explanation for each.
Hairy Dawg is the costumed mascot of the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Hairy Dawg made his first appearance at the 1981 Sugar Bowl and has been an official mascot of UGA since. Hairy Dawg attends all Georgia Bulldogs football games and most home athletic events. Forbes ranks Hairy Dawg No. 3 in their list of "America's Top 10 Sports Mascots".
Georgetown's current Jack the Bulldog was born on June 29, 2013, and arrived on campus in October of that year. Jack the Bulldog is the university’s official mascot – a well-known figure who is a beloved presence at Georgetown sports events.
According to the American Kennel Club, Jack ranks eighth among the 125 most famous dogs in pop culture. The class of 1964 brought the first Jack the Bulldog to campus in 1962.
Jak is the 21st English Bulldog to serve as the official mascot of Mississippi State University. His formal name is Cristil’s Golden Prince named in honor of the long-time radio voice Jack Cristil.
Smokey is the mascot of the University of Tennessee sports teams. These teams, named "The Volunteers" and nicknamed "the Vols," use both a life and a costumed version of Smokey. There is an actual Bluetick Coonhound mascot, Smokey X, who leads the Vols on the field for football games.
We couldn't leave without at least one cat team. In 1915, the school's first mascot, "Rufus Arizona" was brought to campus. He was an alive desert bobcat, named for U of A president Rufus von KleinSmid. For the next fifty years, the school used live mascots, a practice which discontinued in the 1960s.
However, in 1959, Wilbur, the costumed version of the live bobcat mascots, began appearing at football games. He was extremely popular and has stayed ever since. In 1986, Wilma Wildcat was created and was even married to Wilbur.
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