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Super Bowl rosters dominated by Pac 12, SEC

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A simple run down the rosters for both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will show you 31 players who come from the SEC. No conference has more players involved in the big game this season, and that should come as little surprise. Take a deeper look though and you will see that the key players may be just as likely to come from the Pac 12.

The Pac 12 and SEC each have 16 players on the two-deep depth charts for this year’s Super Bowl participants, and the Pac 12 has one more first team player accounted for than the SEC. That number is curved by the Seahawks, where former USC head coach Pete Carroll has made use of more starters with Pac 12 backgrounds on offense and defense.

As noted by, the Tennessee Volunteers have the most players playing Sunday with five. Behind Tennessee is Arizona State, Florida, Penn State, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin (including Russell Wilson, who also played at North Carolina State). Each of those schools have four players on the roster.

Texas Tech has plenty of influence on the success of Denver’s offense. The Red Raiders have two starters on the offensive line (Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez) protecting Peyton Manning. One of Manning’s top targets is another former Texas Tech player, wide receiver Wes Welker.

There are a total of 10 players from the two-deep charts that come from the FCS ranks as well. That equals the number of starters or second team players from the ACC and Big Ten.

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11 Responses to “Super Bowl rosters dominated by Pac 12, SEC”
  1. thekatman says: Feb 1, 2014 4:32 PM

    If you account for all players on the teams, including those on injured reserve and backups, you’ll find a more interesting number…. USC ranks highest. Include coaches, and it’s even beetter.

  2. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 1, 2014 5:28 PM

    It’s about chemistry anyway. Tony Dungy has even said he won with his 5th or 6th most talented team but they worked together.

  3. djshnooks says: Feb 1, 2014 6:51 PM

    In case you missed the memo…

    USC is a joke, and has been for a while.

  4. tgaustin says: Feb 1, 2014 7:08 PM

    And the University of Texas has 3 starters on defense.

  5. thekatman says: Feb 1, 2014 7:13 PM

    You’re a comedian DJ. Two 10 win seasons very the past 3 years is a joke. What planet are you from?

  6. txnative65 says: Feb 2, 2014 2:33 AM

    Tennessee Volunteers!! You have captured my amazement—-5! Who’da thunk? I mean Peyton Manning everybody knows—but they have been the SEC doormat for a few years.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Feb 2, 2014 9:26 AM

    Penn State has 4 in Super Bowl and Bama and Auburn have how many? LOL LOL LOL SEC…

  8. kansas531 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    Of the 4 A&M players, how many have been there for more than 2 years? If more than 2 years, technically they are Big 12 players, right? The SEC teams with the most players are the doormats, maybe they are coached better for the next level.

  9. RoyHobbs39 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:03 PM

    Not a fan of the Broncos nor the Seahawks. Or the Wolfpack and the Badgers. But anyone who saw how quickly he mastered a new college play book should have realized how special this guy was going to be.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    Congrats to the 3 Aggies who got rings last night.

    DT Michael Bennett
    DE Red Bryant
    RB Christine Michael

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 3, 2014 11:10 AM

    kansas531 says:
    Feb 2, 2014 11:10 AM

    The SEC teams with the most players are the doormats, maybe they are coached better for the next level.


    Not sure I would consider Florida a doormat.

    I’m also biased but I wouldn’t consider A&M a doormat either…. 2 years in the SEC and 20 wins and a Heisman….

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