The Super Bowl 55 matchup between the Chiefs and Buccaneers will be a showcase for LSU.
The Tigers have the most former players in the game with six – including Kansas City’s Tyrann Mathieu, Clyde-Edwards Helaire and Darrel Williams and Tampa Bay’s Leonard Fournette, Devin White and Kevin Minter. A total of 10 schools have three or more players in the game.
Surprisingly, Alabama and Ohio State – schools that could almost form their own NFL teams – have no players in this year’s game.
Here’s a breakdown of the Chiefs and Buccaneers’ rosters by college.
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Super Bowl players by college
Here is a look at the roster by college in Super Bowl 54:
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Chiefs roster by college
The full Kansas City Chiefs roster can be seen here. LSU has three players on the roster, one of our teams with three or more players on the team.
Patrick Mahomes is the lone Texas Tech player on either roster.
Clemson has three players on the roster, with Bashaud Breeland, Sammy Watkins and Dorian O’Daniel. Michigan’s Frank Clark, Chad Henne and Mike Danna are on the team, and Mississippi State also has three players in Willie Gay, Chris Jones and Martinas Rankin.
Kansas City has 14 players from SEC schools on its roster.
Mathieu finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2011.
Buccaneers roster by college
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster can be seen here.
LSU has three players on the roster; one of two teams with three or more players on the team.
Tom Brady is the lone player from Michigan on the Buccaneers roster. Nebraska has three players on Tampa Bay’s roster in Lavonte Davis, Ndamukong Suh and Khalil Davis.
Tampa Bay has 11 players from the SEC and 10 players from the Big Ten on its roster. The Buccaneers have multiple players from four different Big Ten schools on the team.
Suh finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2009. Fournette finished sixth in the Heisman voting in 2015.
Super Bowl roster oddities
— We mentioned Ohio State and Alabama not having a player in the Super Bowl. That’s a rarity for the big game, as one Ohio University was able to point out knowing safety Javon Hagan will play in the game.
— Colorado State-Pueblo, a Division II program, has a player on both teams. Kansas City’s Mike Pennel and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Jensen will represent the ThunderWolves in Super Bowl 55.
— More proof players can come from anywhere. Eight players in Super Bowl 55 played in the FCS, including two from James Madison in Aaron Stinnie and Josh Wells. Seven played in Division II and one played in Division III.
— The SEC still leads all conferences with 25 players in the Super Bowl. The Big Ten ranks second with 20, followed by the ACC (11), Pac-12 (5) and Big 12 (4).
— Iowa has four players between the two teams. Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann play for the Chiefs, and Anthony Nelson and Tristan Wirfs play for the Buccaneers.