‘Bulldogs’ is one of the more popular nicknames for college sports teams. In the SEC, two schools use the famous dog breed as their nickname, but on ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday morning, analyst Kirk Herbstreit made it clear which Bulldog mascot he prefers.
Just before heading to a commercial, host Rece Davis was running through several marquee college football games for Week 12, and one of the first ones on his list was Alabama-Mississippi State. While talking about the matchup, the screen showed a live shot of ‘Bully’ the Mississippi State live bulldog mascot.
Herbstreit didn’t say anything about the game, but said plenty in just a few words about his feelings on bulldogs in the SEC.
“Bully always feels like he’s JV (junior varsity) compared to Uga,” Herbstreit said. “Like that’s the perception of him. You know what I mean? I love the little guy, but he just seems like JV.
“Uga strolls in, and you know it.”
While fellow analyst Desmond Howard agreed, saying “That’s a good call,” Davis joked that anger Mississippi State fans could send their comments to @KirkHerbstreit on Twitter.
There was plenty of laughter on the College Gameday set at that point, and Herbstreit kept going, trying to defend his comments by saying that’s just his perception, and that he loves Mississippi State. The jokes continued:
“When you fall in a hole, stop digging,” said Davis.
However, Herbstreit wasn’t done quite yet. He added: “I’m just saying. Even his (Bully) uni didn’t look like …”
Clearly, Georgia isn’t just a Top 4 team in the College Football Playoff. According to Herbstreit, Uga is also the varsity of live bulldog mascots.