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SEC, Cal, Pitt lead the way on NFL’s All-Decade Team for 2010s

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Which conference has produced the best NFL talent over the past decade? Perhaps not too surprisingly, it has been the SEC. A total of 12 SEC players were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 2010s. The SEC had one more player than the next best-represented conference, the ACC.

LSU and Wisconsin each had two players named to the NFL All-Decade team, with both Badgers representatives — defensive end J.J. Watt and offensive tackle Joe Thomas — being among the eight unanimous selections. LSU is represented by Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.

The schools that were most represented were California and Pittsburgh. Former Cal players on the team include Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Alex Mack, and Cameron Jordan. Cal made up nearly half of the count for the Pac-12 (9 total players). Pitt’s four players — Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis, and LeSean McCoy — helped boost the ACC’s total as well.

To keep things simple, this count is based entirely on what conference schools reside right now. A number of players in the NFL may have played in a different conference than where their alma mater currently sits. Rather than go through and break down the list to include the old Big East, all players were counted under their school’s current conference affiliation. Two Division 2 conferences were represented in the count (Bloomsburg’s Jahri Evans for the PSAC and West Alabama’s Tyreek Hill for the Gulf South).

  • SEC – 12
  • ACC – 11
  • Pac-12 – 9
  • Big 12 – 6
  • Big Ten – 5
  • MAC – 3
  • American – 2
  • MWC – 2
  • Independents – 1
  • PSAC (D2) – 1
  • Gulf South (D2) – 1

Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady joined some rare company by being named to his second all-decade team.

Big plays, defense fuel Pitt to halftime lead in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

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Tyler Boyd returned a punt for Pittsburgh to build a 17-3 lead midway through the second quarter. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Pittsburgh player since Darrelle Revis returned a punt for a touchdown against West Virginia on November 16, 2006. He later came up with a nice catch despite being pulled to the ground by a Bowling Green defender. Pittsburgh leads Bowling Green in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl 17-10 at the half tin Detroit.

Bowling Green was in danger of getting through the first half without a touchdown but a 4th and one 29-yard touchdown pass from Matt Johnson to Alex Bayer got the Falcons in the end zone and made it a one-score game before the half.

Bowling Green has clearly been making an effort to not let Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald have an impact, but the emphasis on blocking against Donald may be backfiring as the rest of the defensive line has been having a field day in the Bowling Green backfield. The Panthers have five sacks  in the half, none by Donald.

Pitt quarterback Tom Savage headed to the locker room just before the clock expired in the first half after being taken to the ground with a big hit.