It's that time of year again -- college football is here. Get your jerseys out of storage and start planning your tailgate parties. But what can make football even better? Dog mascots. Even if you're not a football fan, we bet you can find a team to support from this list of spirited pups.
Here are a few of the most popular official dog mascots for Division I schools, in alphabetical order.
Bully XXI, Bulldog - Mississippi State University
The first official Bulldog mascot for Mississippi State University (MSU) made his appearance before a football game versus the University of Alabama in 1935. MSU won 20-7 and was praised for its "bulldog" style of play by local papers, according to the university. After that, the tradition to have a live Bulldog mascot was born. Bully XXI (aka Jak) took over the title of official mascot from his father, Bully XX, in 2015 during a "passing of the harness" ceremony. When not busy with his mascot duties, Bully XXI lives at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.
One of the most popular and recognizable dog breeds, the Bulldog is a mascot for many schools because of its tough appearance. But don't let that look fool you. Bulldogs are beloved for their mellow and friendly personality. If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Bulldog puppies.
Butler Blue III, Bulldog - Butler University
Butler University has been using an unofficial live Bulldog as a symbol of the university's athletics since the early 1900s, but the school's first official live mascot, Butler Blue, made her appearance in 2000. The current mascot, Butler Blue III, aka "Trip," made his debut in 2012. The Butler mascots have become so popular that Trip even has his own tour and Twitter account (@ButlerBlue3) to promote the university and its teams.
Dubs, Alaskan Malamute - University of Washington
After going through a few different nicknames and mascots, the university introduced a Siberian Husky as the official mascot in 1922. Although the school's athletic program refers to themselves as the "Huskies," the live mascot has always been an Alaskan Malamute, a similar spitz breed. The current mascot, named Dubs, has been the official mascot since 2009. When not on duty, Dubs lives in Seattle with his family.
Jonathan XIV, Siberian Husky - University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut's official mascot has been a live Husky named Jonathan since 1935. According to the school, the official mascots are named after former Connecticut Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, who was nicknamed "Brother Jonathan" by President George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The current mascot, Jonathan XIV, joined the ranks in 2014, taking over for a white Husky named Jonathan XIII.
The Siberian Husky is the 12th most popular dog breed in the U.S. Their friendly and outgoing personality, along with their striking and recognizable appearance, make Huskies a popular dog for families and active dog owners. If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Siberian Husky puppies.
Reveille IX, Collie - Texas A&M University
Reveille, aka Miss Rev, is the First Lady of Texas A&M and is the highest-ranking member in the Corps of Cadets. The fist Reveille became the official mascot in 1931 after leading the band onto the field before a home football game. Miss Rev lives with the Mascot Corporal, a sophomore member of the Corps of Cadets, and goes everywhere with him. According to the school's tradition, if Reveille barks during a class, it means that she is bored, and the professor should dismiss the class. The current mascot, Reveille IX, assumed her role in 2015 and has her own Twitter account @reveille.
The Collie is a graceful, devoted, and proud herding breed. Collies are friendly and highly intelligent, making them great family dogs, however, they do like to stay active. If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Collie puppies.
Smokey X, Bluetick Coonhound - University of Tennessee
After deciding to have a live mascot, the university held a contest in 1953 where the students selected their next mascot by cheering. The loud bay of a Bluetick Coonhound named Brooks' Blue Smokey won over the crowd, and the tradition was born. Smokey X now represents the school, and a Smokey costumed mascot, who leads the football team through a giant "T" on the field before every home football game.
Bluetick Coonhounds are athletic and active scent hounds that thrive when having a job to do. The smart, devoted, and tenacious breed excels at canine sports such as obedience and tracking. Learn more about the breed here. If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Bluetick Coonhound puppies.
Uga X, Bulldog - University of Georgia
Although a few other dogs, including one Bull Terrier, as well as a goat have served as mascots for the school, one of the most well known mascots in college sports is the University of Georgia's Uga. Uga I, whose name comes from the abbreviation of the university, first made his appearance on the field in 1956. Now, Uga X reigns supreme with his custom-made jerseys, his varsity letter, and air-conditioned doghouse at Sanford Stadium. After an Uga passes away, he is buried alongside his mascot comrades in a marble vault at the stadium. According to the school, the gravesite of past Ugas attracts hundreds of visitors each year.
As the fourth most popular dog breed in the U.S.., the Bulldog is a favorite of many schools when it comes to team mascots.
Want to hear about more college football canines? Here are a few more schools with "pawsome" mascots.
Carnegie Mellon University's Scottish Terrier
Moravian College Greyhounds
Southern Illinois University Salukis
University at Albany-State University of New York, Great Danes
UAlbany mascot. Go Great Danes. Beat Maine. pic.twitter.com/orIQyahu— Paul Grondahl (@PaulGrondahl) January 13, 2013
University of California Davis' Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Ambassador
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are intelligent, outgoing, and affectionate. If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies.
The University of Tulsa's Golden Retriever Ambassador
Wofford College Terriers
The good news is Wofford has a live Boston Terrier mascot: pic.twitter.com/rs6GVemN5c— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) March 10, 2015
Who will you be cheering for this fall?