Mascot Power Rankings

1 Mike VI (LSU)

Hard to argue with the two-year-old mixed Bengal and Siberian Tiger sitting atop the rankings, especially with one Glenn (Dorsey) hoisting the Waterford crystal football in New Orleans and another Glen (Davis) making some noise for the Celtics. And for those scoring at home, the Golden Girls are nothing to scoff at, either.

2 Big Jay (Kansas)

Like Dorothy says, there's no place like home -- especially when her hometown Jayhawks are coming off a record 12-1 season and first BCS bowl victory on the gridiron. On the hardwood, KU has won 31 of its last 32 games and is off to its best start since 1996-97 at 18-0. If you can't get enough Mark Mangino -- and really, who can? -- watch him appear to throw up the Orange Bowl logo.

3 UGA VI (Georgia)

There may not have been a hotter team to end the football season (sorry, Tommy Trojans) than UGA's Bulldogs. They welcomed Hawaii to New Orleans with a pepehi, ku'i, pa'I (that's Hawaii for "beating") of epic proportions. Also, major props to UGA prez Michael Adams for proposing his eight-team playoff (even if it was just after his team finished second in the AP Poll). The Dawgs will also get a boost with the return of Lost and its resident bad boy (and UGA alum) Sawyer (Josh Halloway) on Jan. 31.

4 Tommy Trojan (USC)

The Trojans put an overwhelming exclamation point on the season with a Rose Bowl romp that had USC arguing it was the best in the nation. Tommy also scored big with coach Pete Carroll turning down a return to the NFL to stay in sunny Cali and O.J. Mayo and co. stunning UCLA's hoops team. It seems the USC party is something the Reggie Bush allegations, and more impressively, alum Ted McGinley can't even jinx.

5 Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State)

How much more of this can the state of Ohio take? LSU added to the Buckeyes' woes with a fourth straight title game loss (men's soccer included). At least Brutus can keep his head up with James Laurinaitis returning for his senior year, native son and former OSU hoops star Bobby Knight earning his 900th win and alum Patricia Heaton running on a constant loop as Ray Barone's wife in Everybody Love Raymond.

6 Pouncer (Memphis)

Ah, to be walking In Memphis these days. You've got Graceland, Justin Timberlake and the Tigers ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press hoops poll for the first time since a one-week stint in 1983. As Wee boasts in the team's theme song: "You're five ain't better than their bench."

7 Joe Bruin (UCLA)

The Bruins made a splash in bringing back former QB Rick Neuheisel and delivered a message to cross-town rival USC by hiring former Trojans offensive coordinator Norm Chow. USC may have gotten the better of Kevin Love and the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion, but there's one thing the current kings of L.A. don't have -- Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "greatest band on earth." Both Jack Black and Kyle Gass are former Bruins.

8 Rameses (North Carolina)

Sure, Maryland tripped up Roy Williams' Tar Heels (though he did a pretty good job of tripping himself), ending their reign atop the AP Poll, but this is still a team that won 18 straight. UNC gets docked for former track star Marion Jones' sentencing for lying about steroids use. But don't feel blue, Carolina -- UNC legend Mia Hamm's silhouette does appear as the logo for the Women's Professional Soccer league.

9 Bevo (Texas)

Mack Brown is retooling his staff in a big way, bringing in vaunted defensive coordinator Will Muchamp and former Longhorns QB Major Applewhite as assistant head coach and running backs coach, respectively. The hardwood 'Horns have cooled after an 11-0 start, losing three of their last seven, but Texas fans can take a break from the current frustrations by watching fellow UT diehard Matthew McConaughey in Fools Gold. Is it just me or is he becoming the latter day Kurt Russell opposite Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson.

10 Rudy Flyer (Dayton)

Dayton hasn't been riding this high since the days of Orville and Wilbur Wright. The men's hoops team rose to No. 14 in the AP Poll and won 13 straight before losing to UMass at home (lesson: Brian Gregory, don't switch to alternate home unis in the midst of a perfect run) and the women had won 16 straight before Saturday's loss to Duquesne. Plus, you have to love a mascot who once said: "The cheerleaders follow me onto the court. They follow me most places, in fact."

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