The finale of the 2020-2021 football season is here. The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV to complete what has been the most unprecedented season in history. The Chiefs will be looking to be the first team since the New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls after beating the San Francisco 49ers a year ago. But they will have to get through Tom Brady, who is looking for an absurd seventh Lombardi trophy in his first season in Tampa.
It's a fascinating game from a college football perspective, however. Ex-college superstars like Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Leonard Fournette and Ndamukong Suh are just a few of the familiar faces that college football fans will see on Super Bowl Sunday.
LSU and Michigan will be the schools most well-represented on Super Bowl Sunday, with each of them boasting seven players in the big game. It should come as no surprise that the SEC leads all conferences in players on the two rosters. What might be a shock, though, is that 30 players who will take the field in Tampa hail from FCS or lower-level college football conferences.
Two players each: Alabama, Auburn, Central Michigan, Colorado State-Pueblo, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, James Madison, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, South Carolina State, Tulane, UConn, USF, Vanderbilt and Villanova.
One player each: Appalachian State, Arizona, Arkansas, Assumption, Boise State, Bowling Green, BYU, Buffalo, California, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Duke, Ferris State, Georgia Tech, Grand Valley State, Harvard, Hawaii, Hobart, Humbolt State, Illinois, Iowa State, Jacksonville State, Kansas State, Kentucky, Laval (Canada), Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Missouri S&T, Montana State, North Carolina, North Carolina Central, NC State, North Dakota State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, Prairie View A&M, Rice, South Dakota State, Southeast Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Troy, UMass, USC, Utah State, Valdosta State, Virginia, Wagner, Washington State, West Alabama, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin
And here's a table breaking it down by conference. Please note that Notre Dame is considered an independent, even though it played the 2020 season in the ACC:
|FCS or lower||30|