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    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 1997, file photo, Lisa Hunter, left, of Buford, Ga., smiles as her 10 month-old son Chase gets a kiss from UGA V, mascot for the University of Georgia, during the university's NCAA college football team's picture day in Athens, Ga. At right is UGA V's owner Cecelia Seiler. GeorgiaÕs 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/The Banner-Herald, Rob Carr, File)
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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.

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