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Rating the nation: Georgia's Uga is top dog among college football's furry friends

  • FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014 file photo, Georgia's mascot Uga IX is carried into Bobby Dodd Stadium by handler Charles Seiler during the traditional Dawg Walk before facing Georgia Tech in an NCAA football game in Atlanta. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2014 file photo, Georgia's mascot Uga IX is carried into Bobby Dodd Stadium by handler Charles Seiler during the traditional Dawg Walk before facing Georgia Tech in an NCAA football game in Atlanta. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, Georgia's new mascot Uga VIII, left, is greeted by interim mascot Russ during a ceremony to introduce Uga VIII as the school's mascot before an NCAA college football game between Georgia and Vanderbilt in Athens, Ga. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2010 file photo, Georgia's new mascot Uga VIII, left, is greeted by interim mascot Russ during a ceremony to introduce Uga VIII as the school's mascot before an NCAA college football game between Georgia and Vanderbilt in Athens, Ga. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2008, file photo, Georgia mascot UGA VII sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Southern in Athens, Ga. The game was UGA VII's first since taking over for his father UGA VI who died during the off season. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2008, file photo, Georgia mascot UGA VII sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Southern in Athens, Ga. The game was UGA VII's first since taking over for his father UGA VI who died during the off season. Georgia’s famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)  (The Associated Press)

College football has plenty of bulldogs, but there is only one Uga.

Georgia's famous bulldog in a red sweater might not be the most imposing mascot, nor is he the wackiest, but you would be hard pressed to find a more famous furry friend roaming the sidelines on a football Saturday.

Ahead of the 2014 college football season, The Associated Press asked its panel of Top 25 voters, who are known for ranking the nation's top teams each week, to weigh in on which school had the best mascot.

Live animals dominated the top of the list, led by Uga. Ralphie, Colorado's stampeding buffalo, finished second behind Uga. LSU's beautiful and intimidating Bengal Tiger named Mike was third, followed by the Stanford Tree and Oregon's costumed Duck.

The next five in the top 10 are Chief Osceola of Florida State; Texas' longhorn steer named Bevo; the West Virginia Mountaineer; Michigan State's Sparty; and the Masked Rider from Texas Tech.