Super Bowl 2013 rosters by college teams and conferences: Miami, SEC lead the way

Jared Wickerham

College football fan, your 2013 Super Bowl rooting interests have now been determined for you.

The Super Bowl's set. Sure, there's a college national championship, but every year, only 20-ish teams have a real chance of winning, so let's see what schools did the best at having pro players who did the best. We'll look at how the Super Bowl teams break down by school and by conference - and also who's going to win based on these factors.

First, the entire chart of 49ers and Ravens players (active roster only) according to their college affiliations:

Player Conference College

Anquan Boldin ACC Florida State

Anthony Allen ACC Georgia Tech

Torrey Smith ACC Maryland

Vernon Davis ACC Maryland

Tavares Gooden ACC Miami

Frank Gore ACC Miami

Ray Lewis ACC Miami

Bryant McKinnie ACC Miami

Ed Reed ACC Miami

Ahmad Brooks ACC Virginia

Cam Johnson ACC Virginia

Tyrod Taylor ACC Virginia Tech

Joe Looney ACC Wake Forest

Kelechi Osemele Big 12 Iowa State

Perrish Cox Big 12 Oklahoma State

Billy Bajema Big 12 Oklahoma State

Tarell Brown Big 12 Texas

Leonard Davis Big 12 Texas

Chykie Brown Big 12 Texas

Justin Tucker Big 12 Texas

Michael Crabtree Big 12 Texas Tech

Darcel McBath Big 12 Texas Tech

David Akers Big East Louisville

Chris Johnson Big East Louisville

Andy Lee Big East Pittsburgh

Anthony Davis Big East Rutgers

Ray Rice Big East Rutgers

Arthur Jones Big East Syracuse

Bernard Pierce Big East Temple

AJ Jenkins Big Ten Illinois

Tandon Doss Big Ten Indiana

Sean Considine Big Ten Iowa

Marshal Yanda Big Ten Iowa

Jonathan Goodwin Big Ten Michigan

Garrett Celek Big Ten Michigan State

Trenton Robinson Big Ten Michigan State

Sam Koch Big Ten Nebraska

Ted Ginn, Jr. Big Ten Ohio State

Alex Boone Big Ten Ohio State

Larry Grant Big Ten Ohio State

Donte Whitner Big Ten Ohio State

NaVarro Bowman Big Ten Penn State

Bernard Pollard Big Ten Purdue

Scott Tolzien Big Ten Wisconsin

Vonta Leach C-USA East Carolina

Randy Moss C-USA Marshall

CJ Spillman C-USA Marshall

Omar Brown C-USA Marshall

Albert McClellan C-USA Marshall

Bruce Miller C-USA UCF

Delanie Walker D2 Central Missouri

Jacoby Jones D2 Lane

Ramon Harewood D2 Morehouse

Michael Wilholte D2 Washburn

Cary Williams D2 Washburn

Daniel Kilgore FCS Appalachian State

Asa Jackson FCS Cal Poly

Joe Flacco FCS Delaware

Gino Gradkowski FCS Delaware

Matt Birk FCS Harvard

Corey Graham FCS New Hampshire

Adrian Hamilton FCS Prairie View A&M

Jewel Hampton FCS Southern Illinois

Dennis Pitta Independent BYU

Ian Williams Independent Notre Dame

Joe Staley MAC Central Michigan

James Ihedigbo MAC UMass

Chad Hall MWC Air Force

Clark Haggans MWC Colorado State

Isaac Sopoaga MWC Hawaii

Colin Kaepernick MWC Nevada

Tramaine Brock NAIA Bellhaven

Brian Jennings Pac-12 Arizona State

Terrell Suggs Pac-12 Arizona State

Jimmy Smith Pac-12 Colorado

LaMichael James Pac-12 Oregon

Will Tukuafu Pac-12 Oregon

Ed Dickson Pac-12 Oregon

Haloti Ngata Pac-12 Oregon

B. Ayanbadejo Pac-12 UCLA

Alex Smith Pac-12 Utah

Ma'ake Kemoatu Pac-12 Utah

Paul Kruger Pac-12 Utah

David Reed Pac-12 Utah

DaShon Goldson Pac-12 Washington

Terence Cody SEC Alabama

Courtney Upshaw SEC Alabama

Bobbie Williams SEC Arkansas

Carlos Rogers SEC Auburn

Josh Bynes SEC Auburn

Ray McDonald SEC Florida

Deonte Thompson SEC Florida

Dannell Ellerbe SEC Georgia

DeAngelo Tyson SEC Georgia

R.J. Francois SEC LSU

Patrick Willis SEC Mississippi

Michael Oher SEC Mississippi

Anthony Dixon SEC Mississippi State

Pernell McPhee SEC Mississippi State

Aldon Smith SEC Missouri

Justin Smith SEC Missouri

Chris Culliver SEC South Carolina

Morgan Cox SEC Tennessee

Tony Jerod-Eddie SEC Texas A&M

Bryan Hall Sun Belt Arkansas State

Mike Iupati WAC Idaho

Player Conference College
Players by school: (Starters are listed in bold.)

2013 Super Bowl coverage from around SB Nation

  • Miami - 5 (49ers: Frank Gore, Tavares Gooden, Ravens: Ray Lewis, Bryant McKinnie, Ed Reed): Yes, the U is number one, and four Canes are starting. The crazy thing is that they're mainly throwbacks to the teams that actually resembled the U: Bryant McKinnie and Ed Reed were starters on the 2001 national championship team that's one of the best college football has ever produced, while Frank Gore was a third-string running back behind Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee. Lewis outdates even them, starting for the Canes in 1993, just two years after they won a national championship under Dennis Erickson. I guess what I'm trying to say is, []_[].
  • Marshall - 4 (49ers: Randy Moss, C.J. Spillman, Ravens: Omar Brown, Albert McClellan): Marshall has four players in the Super Bowl! Some of it's due to Randy Moss' ridiculous ability to still contribute in the NFL after all these years, but there's three other guys too. Let us not forget that Byron Leftwich has a Super Bowl ring as a Steelers' backup, and that Chad Pennington once existed. Or that West Virginia has zero players in this game, sort of negating their Coal Bowl win this year.
  • Ohio State - 4 (49ers: Ted Ginn, Jr., Alex Boone, Larry Grant, Donte Whitner): Between Miami and Ohio State, the Super Bowl is really the only bowl a lot of these schools' fans had to look forward to this season. Getting sanctioned boosts your chances for success on the pro level, it appears.
  • Oregon - 4 (49ers: Will Tukuafu, LaMichael James, Ravens: Ed Dickson, Haloti Ngata): Odd that three of these guys are starters, and James is the only one who's been a superstar at Oregon during their recent run of success. Dickson and Tukuafu were kind of there for the beginning, but James was a key reason they did so well in 2010-2012.
  • Texas - 4 (49ers: Tarell Brown, Leonard Davis, Ravens: Chykie Brown, Justin Tucker): Tucker's Baltimore's kicker, so don't yell "hook 'em" at him.
  • Utah - 4 (49ers: Alex Smith, Ma'ake Kemoatu, Ravens: Paul Kruger, David Reed): The Utes are technically a major conference team right now, so this isn't as cool anymore. Paul Kruger gets some serious reps as a pass-rushing defensive end for Baltimore, and Alex Smith might have lost his starting job, but still makes his teammates feel better about themselves by showing them how tiny his hands are.

After that, there's a bunch with two and a bunch with one. enjoy!

  • Alabama - 2 (Ravens: Terence Cody, Courtney Upshaw)
  • Arizona State - 2 (49ers: Brian Jennings, Ravens: Terrell Suggs)
  • Auburn - 2 (49ers: Carlos Rogers, Ravens: Josh Bynes)
  • Delaware - 2 (Ravens: Joe Flacco, Gino Gradkowski): It's not just Joe Flacco repping the Blue Hens. Hopefully he wins where fellow Delaware QB Rich Gannon fell short.
  • Florida - 2 (Ravens: Ray McDonald, Deonte Thompson)
  • Georgia - Ravens: Dannell Ellerbe, DeAngelo Tyson
  • Iowa - 2 (Ravens: Sean Considine, Marshal Yanda)
  • Louisville - 2 (49ers: David Akers, Chris Johnson)
  • Maryland - 2 (Ravens: Torrey Smith, Vernon Davis)
  • Michigan State - 2 (49ers: Garrett Celek, Trenton Robinson)
  • Mississippi State: 2 (49ers: Anthony Dixon, Ravens, Pernell McPhee)
  • Missouri - 2 (49ers: Aldon Smith, Justin Smith)
  • Ole Miss - 2 (49ers: Patrick Willis, Ravens: Michael Oher)
  • Oklahoma State - 2 (49ers: Perrish Cox, Ravens: Billy Bajema)
  • Rutgers: - 2 (49ers: Anthony Davis, Ravens, Ray Rice)
  • Texas Tech - 2 (49ers: Michael Crabtree, Darcel McBath)
  • Virginia - 2 (49ers: Ahmad Brooks, Cam Johnson)
  • Washburn - 2 (49ers: Michael Wilholte, Ravens: Cary Williams): Washburn! Yes, two players from tiny Washburn, a D-II school in Topeka, Kansas made it to the Big Game, including Ravens starting cornerback Cary Williams. Go Ichabods! (Yes, they're the Ichabods.) Fun facts about the Ichabods from Wikipedia: they won the 2010 Kanza Bowl - I don't know what that is - and were involved in the first game with forward passing in 1905.
  • Air Force - 49ers: Chad Hall
  • Appalachian State - 49ers: Daniel Kilgore
  • Arkansas - Ravens: Bobbie Williams
  • Arkansas State - Ravens: Bryan Hall
  • Bellhaven - 49ers: Tramaine Brock
  • BYU - Ravens: Dennis Pitta
  • Cal Poly - Ravens: Asa Jackson
  • Central Michigan - 49ers: Joe Staley
  • Central Missouri - 49ers: Delanie Walker
  • Colorado - Ravens: Jimmy Smith
  • Colorado State - 49ers: Clark Haggans
  • East Carolina - Ravens: Vonta Leach
  • Florida State - Ravens: Anquan Boldin
  • Georgia Tech - (Ravens: Anthony Allen)
  • Harvard - Ravens: Matt Birk (Birk's the only smartypants Ivy player here.)
  • Hawaii - 49ers: Isaac Sopoaga
  • Idaho - 49ers: Mike Iupati
  • Illinois - 49ers: A.J. Jenkins (Note: there are 13 Big Ten players in the Super Bowl, and nearly all of them are backups at skill positions for the 49ers.)
  • Indiana - Ravens: Tandon Doss
  • Iowa State - Ravens: Kelechi Osemele
  • Lane - Ravens: Jacoby Jones
  • LSU - 49ers: Ricky Jean Francois
  • Michigan - 49ers: Jonathan Goodwin
  • Morehouse - Ravens: Ramon Harewood
  • Nebraska - Ravens: Sam Koch (A Big Ten team's only player in the game is a punter, because B1G)
  • Nevada - 49ers: Colin Kaepernick
  • New Hampshire - Ravens: Corey Graham
  • Notre Dame - 49ers: Ian Williams
  • Penn State - 49ers: NaVarro Bowman
  • Pittsburgh - 49ers: Andy Lee
  • Prairie View A&M - Ravens: Adrian Hamilton
  • Purdue - Ravens: Bernard Pollard
  • South Carolina - 49ers: Chris Culliver
  • Southern Illinois - 49ers: Jewel Hampton (Jewel took Brandon Jacobs' roster spot, because the 49ers are contractually obligated to only have one running back who transferred from a major school to Southern Illinois at any given time.)
  • Syracuse - Ravens: Arthur Johnson
  • Temple - Ravens: Bernard Pierce
  • Tennessee - Ravens: Morgan Cox
  • Texas A&M - Tony Jerod-Eddie
  • UCF - Ravens: Bruce Miller
  • UCLA - Ravens: Brandon Ayanbadejo
  • UMass - Ravens: James Ihedigbo (sry FCS)
  • Virginia Tech - Ravens: Tyrod Taylor
  • Wake Forest - 49ers: Joe Looney
  • Washington - Ravens: Dashon Goldson
  • Wisconsin - 49ers: Scott Tolzien (Yes, we're one win away from "Scott Tolzien, Super Bowl Champion" or "Tyrod Taylor, Super Bowl Champion.")

Players by conference: Yes, the conference with the most players in it is the SEC. We'll talk about this later. Props to the Big Ten for settling for second place by having 15, and to the WAC for going out with one.

  • SEC: 19
  • Big Ten: 15
  • Pac-12: 13
  • ACC: 13
  • Big 12: Nine
  • FCS: Eight
  • Big East: Seven
  • Conference USA: Six
  • Division II schools: Five
  • Mountain West: Four
  • MAC: Two
  • Independents: Two
  • Sun Belt: One
  • WAC: One
  • NAIA: One

AND YOUR EVENTUAL SUPER BOWL CHAMPION: How to correctly determine the winner of the upcoming Super Bowl? Well, normally, we'd ask Paul Finebaum, but he's off the air for three months, and we can't wait that long. So instead, we'll figure it out the next most sensible way: by figuring which team has the most players actually capable of winning championships, aka players who played at SEC schools. Wanna know the winner? I'll hang up and listen:

  • San Francisco 49ers: 9 (Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Chris Culliver, Patrick Willis, Carlos Rogers, Anthony Dixon, Ricky Jean Francois, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Ray McDonald)
  • Baltimore Ravens: 10 (Courtney Upshaw, Terence Cody, Dannell Ellerbe, Josh Bynes, Michael Oher, Bobbie Williams, DeAngelo Tyson, Deonte Thompson, Pernell McPhee, Morgan Cox)

A 10-9 edge for the Ravens, but that ain't no football score, Pawwwl.

There's only one way to settle this: by crossing out the players from teams that don't really matter, like schools that just joined the SEC, then schools that fired their coaches this year, then schools who had to hire coaches from the Big Ten, then schools from MIssissippi because come on, then schools whose programs have been lost control of, and let's get rid of, let's say, just any school with a coach taller than 5'8 and OH MY GOODNESS IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE JUST LEFT WITH TWO PLAYERS WOW HOW DID THAT HAPPEN: Terence Cody and Courtney Upshaw, defensive starters for the Baltimore Ravens and former members of the Alabama Crimson Tide.


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