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Place your bets: Meet the Puppy Bowl starting lineup

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It's an annual tradition: the Puppy Bowl, when Animal Planet unleashes adorable pooches across a miniature gridiron each Super Bowl Sunday. Here's the starting lineup for the ninth edition.

If you had any doubts that your Wednesday would be amazing, fear not: The Puppy Bowl IX starting lineup is out!

Before you set your DVR for on Feb. 3’ for the Super Bowl match between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, take a look at the adorable pups who will be competing in the Puppy Bowl, airing game day on Animal Planet. It's that time of year when 63 pooches compete in a fierce game of football — only one of them destined to capture the title of Most Valuable Puppy.

As if the game day magic couldn't get any better, hedgehogs will be cheering from the sidelines this year. And, as usual, a water bowl cam and kiss cam will capture all the more candid cuteness.

Most of the four-legged footballers are less than 3 months old and — more important — all of them are up for adoption.

Whether it’s Aberdeen, the fluffy Australian shepherd mix, Anthony, the sassy pit bull who “plans to major in art history” or Baskin, the Frisbee-loving Jack Russell-pug mix, this year’s lineup is filled with must-adopt pups.  

Which puppy is your money on this year? (Insider tip: Don’t trust Boxer. He plans to go into politics.) Click through the slideshow to choose your pick!

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