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SEC, Big Ten top Super Bowl rosters, followed by… the MAC?

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Seeing as we are mere hours away from what’s become a national holiday, we thought it might be a worthwhile endeavor to attempt to tie the Super Bowl into our little corner of the football world.

Specifically, how does the roster makeup of the two combatants shakeout conference-wise?

Not surprisingly, a pair of power conferences lead the way.  Somewhat surprisingly, though, one of the lesser non-automatic qualifying conferences is right behind the perennial powers.

Based on exhaustive research that involved, basically, a quick Google search and a few beers — not necessarily in that order — we can reveal that (surprise!) the SEC leads all Div. 1-A conferences with 17 former players as members of the 53-man game-day rosters of the Green Bay packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.  Close behind the five-peat, national title-winning league is the Big Ten with 16.

The ACC is next with 13, tied with the surprise of the group: 13 former players from Mid-American Conference teams will be playing for the Lombardi Sunday night.  Somewhat astonishingly, the Packers’ game-day roster is comprised of eight former MAC players.

Besides the four already mentioned, no other schools were in double digits, although the Pac-12’s nine  just missed the “prestigious” cut.

Interestingly, Conference USA (7) has more former players in The Big Game than the Big 12 (6).  Even more interesting — and embarrassing — is the fact that the Big East has the same number of players in the game (4) as does the Sun Belt.  And, again, the Big East receives an automatic berth into a BcS game.

The Mountain West and WAC have three players apiece, while football independents Notre Dame (2) and BYU (1) combined for three as well.

Eight players from the Div. 1-AA level or lower are represented as well.

As far as individual schools go, Ohio State, Tennessee, LSU and (surprise v2.0!) Central Michigan all have four former players on the 53-man game-day roster.  Michigan and Texas have three players each.

So, what does all of this mean?  Absolutely nothing, other than we might want to start paying a little closer attention to the MAC-tastic football being played in the other Midwest football conference.

(Writer’s note: Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Boise State were included in their new 2011 conference homes.)

(Writer’s note, the sequel: Packers 27, Steelers 24)

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5 Responses to “SEC, Big Ten top Super Bowl rosters, followed by… the MAC?”
  1. southernpatriots says: Feb 6, 2011 4:39 PM

    We would expect the SEC, even the the Big 10, and the ACC, but the MAC? We know that will make them crow! Not bad at all! Of course, LSU Tigers have 4, tied for the lead. We would have expected more from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Arkansas (the SEC Big 6 along with LSU) but not this time. Maybe it is LSU’s year this upcoming season as well in the SEC with maybe a new or rejuvenated QB, new OC, great new recruits to back up experienced players, a coach with a new extension (with performance bonuses!) and a determined alumi and fan base! Geaux Tigers! Go SEC! (No dog in the hunt for the Super Bowl, for old times sake, like the Packers, for Rooney’s sake like the Steelers (but do they really need 6? ha.). Best to all!

  2. southernpatriots says: Feb 6, 2011 4:43 PM

    Before some friends, who are Steeler fans, correct us, a typo (“but do they really need 6? should be 7? ha.) sorry.

  3. polegojim says: Feb 7, 2011 8:52 AM

    John – I count 18 from Big 10 – Mundy graduated from Michigan. Pittsburgh has 10 former Big Ten players, to Green Bay’s eight.

    Am I missing something? I used my toes and everything.

    Fun Big 10 Facts:

    @southernpats – tied with…Michigan and OSU ; )

    Every Big Ten school will have at least one representative playing for a Super Bowl ring.

    10- Former Big Ten players on Pittsburgh
    9 – Super Bowl rings won by former Big Ten players
    8 – Former Big Ten players on Green Bay
    5 – Big Ten schools with a previous Super Bowl winner

    Ex-Big Ten players (Santonio Holmes, Drew Brees) have won the last two Super Bowl MVPs.

    Ex-Big Ten players have played a role in the final touchdown of the last six Super Bowls.

    Illinois – Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh
    Indiana – Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh
    Iowa – Bryan Bulaga, Green Bay
    Michigan – Larry Foote, Pittsburgh; Ryan Mundy, Pittsburgh; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh; Charles Woodson, Green Bay
    Michigan State – Flozell Adams, Pittsburgh
    Minnesota – Matt Spaeth, Pittsburgh
    Northwestern – Trai Essex, Pittsburgh
    Ohio State – Will Allen, Pittsburgh; A.J. Hawk, Green Bay; Matt Wilhelm, Green Bay; Ryan Pickett, Green Bay
    Penn State – Jeremy Kapinos, Pittsburgh; Andrew Quarless, Green Bay
    Purdue – Mike Neal, Green Bay
    Wisconsin – Mark Tauscher, Green Bay

  4. jhoerst says: Feb 7, 2011 11:29 AM

    @ polegojim;

    I think Mundy transferred to West Virginia to finish his college career……

  5. polegojim says: Feb 7, 2011 5:08 PM

    @jhoerst – my alum sources confirm he graduated from Michigan in 07, then transfered to WVU during his last year of eligibility (medical redshirt in 05) to pursue Sports Admin ed.

    I’m still taking credit. He made his bones in Maize and Blue!

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