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(RNN) – The Super Bowl represents the best of the best in the world of football, and it should come as no surprise that the Southeastern Conference will be well represented.

In fact, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have more players and coaches from the SEC than any other conference.

Each team has 14 players and two coaches who attended SEC schools, according to the teams' official rosters, including four players from Tennessee who now play in Denver and three from Texas A&M suiting up for Seattle.

Ironically, neither team in the SEC championship game – Missouri and Auburn – has a representative. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss aren't represented, either.

The SEC only narrowly lost out to all non-FBS college football divisions. Denver has 16 representatives from all FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Canadian schools combined. Seattle has 17 representatives, giving that category one total representative more than the SEC has by itself.

The Pac 12 used its geographical advantage to place 18 players and coaches on the Seahawks – the most by any conference on one team – but it only landed 10 people in Denver and finished second to the SEC.

Every FBS conference, and independent Notre Dame, is represented on both teams. Seattle wide receiver Bryan Walters (Cornell) is the only Ivy Leaguer in the Super Bowl, and Denver defensive quality control coach Chris Beake (Air Force) is the only one from the service academies.

Additionally, two Canadian universities are represented by Seattle punter Jon Ryan, who attended the University of Regina, and Denver assistant strength and conditioning coach Jason George, who went to the University of Manitoba.

Below is a complete breakdown:


Seattle Seahawks  Denver Broncos   
Conference Players Coaches Players Coaches Total
SEC 14 2 14 2 32
Pac 12 14 4 9 1 28
Big Ten 7 2 9 2 20
Mountain West 5 3 7 3 18
Big XII 5 0 8 2 15
ACC 4 2 8 0 14
American 2 2 4 1 9
Conference USA 2 1 1 0 4
Sun Belt 1 0 1 1 3
MAC 0 1 1 0 2
Notre Dame 1 0 1 0 2
Other 9 8 7 9 33

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