2017 Super Bowl rosters: Players from SEC, Rutgers and Alabama lead the way

The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots won their conference championship games on Sunday afternoon, meaning both moved on to Super Bowl LI where they will square off for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Before any of the players reached this point in their football careers, however, they all began at the college level.

As such, we decided to break down the rosters of both teams by the colleges their players attended, as well as the conferences to which those schools belong. (Rosters via NFL.com.)

Some of the results were exactly what you'd expect, while others were a bit surprising. For instance, if we were to tell you that no school has more players represented than Alabama Crimson Tide in the game, you wouldn't be shocked.

Julio Jones was a monster at Alabama, too. Getty Images

But what if I told you there was another school that had five players in the game just like Alabama, and that the school was Rutgers Scarlet Knights ? Would that catch you off-guard? Because it's totally true. When these two teams show up in Houston Cougars for the game, no school will have more players on that field than Rutgers.

In fact, the Scarlet Knights have five players on active rosters, while the Crimson Tide have four on active rosters and one on a practice squad.

The Patriots seem to be especially fond of the Scarlet Knights as four of them are on New England's roster, led by defensive back Devin McCourty , while receiver Mohamed Sanu is the only Rutgers athlete playing for Atlanta.

Another fun fact about Super Bowl LI: There will be more players from South Dakota (two) than Ohio State Buckeyes , Notre Dame Fighting Irish , Tennessee Volunteers , Texas Longhorns or Miami (one apiece).

Here's a breakdown of which schools have the most representatives on both the Falcons and Patriots.

Alabama - 5
Rutgers - 5
LSU Tigers - 4
Stanford Cardinal - 4
Auburn Tigers - 3
Georgia Bulldogs - 3
Virginia Cavaliers - 3
Washington Huskies - 3
Arizona Wildcats - 2
Boston College Eagles - 2
Clemson Tigers - 2
Connecticut Huskies - 2
Florida Gators - 2
Florida State Seminoles - 2
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - 2
Houston - 2
Iowa Hawkeyes - 2
Michigan Wolverines - 2
Minnesota Golden Gophers - 2
NC State Wolfpack - 2
Oklahoma Sooners - 2
Oregon Ducks - 2
Oregon State Beavers - 2
Pittsburgh Panthers - 2
Purdue Boilermakers - 2
San Jose State Spartans - 2
South Dakota - 2
Texas A&M - 2
Texas Tech Red Raiders - 2
UCLA Bruins - 2
Utah Utes - 2

Schools with one player: Abilene Christian, Air Force Falcons , Arizona State Sun Devils , Arkansas Razorbacks , Baylor Bears , Bethune-Cookman, Boise State Broncos , Brown, Brigham Young Cougars , California Golden Bears , California (PA), Colorado Buffaloes , Delaware, East Carolina Pirates , Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic Owls , Illinois Fighting Illini , Indiana Hoosiers , Kent State Golden Flashes , Kentucky Wildcats , Louisiana Tech Bulldogs , Louisville Cardinals , Maryland Terrapins , Memphis Tigers , Miami, Missouri Tigers , Monmouth, Navy Midshipmen , North Carolina A&T, Nebraska Cornhuskers , Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss Rebels , Southeast Louisiana, SMU, South Carolina Gamecocks , Syracuse Orange , TCU Horned Frogs , Tennessee, Texas, UCF Knights , Utah State Aggies , Valdosta State, West Alabama, Wisconsin Badgers

Now, as to the matter of conference superiority, here's how it all breaks down by conference.

SEC: 25
Pac-12: 20
Big Ten: 19
ACC: 18
American: 9
Big 12: 7
Mountain West: 5
Conference USA: 2
Independents: 2
MAC: 1
FCS schools: 14

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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