Are the Dawgs Barking? Ranking the Dawgs of College Football
I love college football mascots.
They bring history and tradition to programs. They can bring a lot of excitement to games as well.
Many times a program reflects the character of their mascots. Some are reference ancient history like Trojans and Spartans. Others geography like the Mountaineers or Green Wave.
Others represent Native Americans, though the NCAA has largely tried to end the practice. We still have the Utes and the Seminoles, which is a good thing.
Now, animals are very popular these days, as they do not get as offended as political activists for certain groups. Some animals are better than others, of course. For some very odd reason, many programs reference birds. I guess that is a lot nicer than some fierce and violent animal, I just don't get that.
I do understand having your mascot be a dog. Dogs are man's best friends after all. So, I thought it might be fun to do a preseason ranking of the dogs of college football. And not the underdog that all you bettors want to have barking.
7. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Losing to Louisiana Tech last year sent this dog to the bottom of this list. A new coach will mean very little in the extremely difficult SEC West. Look for the Bulldogs to take last place again.
6. Northern Illinois Huskies
The Huskies played in a rare bowl game last year and lost to Louisiana Tech in Shreveport. Even so, they were not very good, getting in mainly because the Huskies were one of the very last bowl eligible teams. This year the Huskies will be rebuilding a bit, so do not expect much.
5. University of Washington Huskies
I know, it is hard to place a team that went 0-12 last year above teams that actually won games. UW was cursed last year, but a fresh young coach and a healthy Jake Locker will bring these Dawgs back to a decent season. Things are definitely looking up in Seattle.
4. University of Connecticut Huskies
These Huskies have come to FBS football to play (at least in the Big East). UConn may be a basketball school, but they have definitely worked to build a solid program on the girdiron. UConn will be bit down after losing RB Donald Brown. They have decided to ditch smash-mouth dog-eat-dog football and go with the spread. That may lead to these Dawgs to be going down this list.
3. Fresno State Bulldogs
These Dawgs have long battled into the junkyard, with their 'Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone' mentality.
Unfortunately, the kings of the road are usually too beat up to take out Boise each year. This year they will again have chances at BCS upsets, but I do not see them at the top of the WAC.
2. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Derek Dooley, son of legendary Dawg Vince Dooley, has created a solid program with these Dawgs.
Playing in proper Dawg style, they play hard, solid football, with tough defense. Last year these Dawgs took out three of the other Dawgs in the battle to be top Dawg.
Look at Auburn, as these Dawgs will be looking for the upset to start the season.
1. University of Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia has been the top Dawg for a long time, but seems to underachieve on a regular basis, failing to win the SEC title.
Of course, being in the SEC East has something to do with that. The 2007 team may have been the best team in the country, but, of course, without a playoff all they got to do was destroy previously undefeated Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.
This year, Georgia is without its two great stars Stafford and Moreno, but may actually be better. With solid play on the O and D lines, Georgia looks to shock the world. Maybe they can even get the Gator off their back.