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Nearly Two Dozen Former SEC Players On Super Bowl Rosters

SuperBowlDogs The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will meet in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday.  On the rosters of those teams are nearly two dozen players from teams represented in the conference – 12 from the 49ers and 11 from the Ravens.Even after backing out three players from Missouri and Texas A&M (who played their college ball in the Big 12) – that still leaves 20 guys with SEC roots.

Here’s the entire breakdown:

San Francisco

Carlos Rogers – Auburn

Ray McDonald – Florida

Demarcus Dobbs – Georgia (reserve/injured)

Ricky Jean-Francois – LSU

Curtis Tayler – LSU (practice squad)

Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State

Aldon Smith – Missouri

Justin Smith – Missouri

Patrick Willis – Ole Miss

Chris Culver-South Carolina

Parys Haralson – Tennessee

Tony Jerod-Eddie – Texas A&M

Baltimore Ravens

Terrance Cody – Alabama

Courtney Upshaw – Alabama

Bobbie Williams – Arkansas

Josh Bynes – Auburn

Deonte Thompson – Florida

Dannell Ellerbe – Georgia

DeAngelo Tyson – Georgia

Pernell McPhee – Mississippi State

Michael Oher – Ole Miss

Emanuel Cook – South Carolina (reserve/injured)

Morgan Cox – Tennessee

The two Mississippi State players represented here – Anthony Dixon of the 49ers and Pernell McPhee of the Ravens – are featured in a new billboard campaign across Mississippi.  MSU announced the billboards (click the icon up top for a larger version)are launching in Tupelo, Jackson and Columbus.

One year ago, Ole Miss did a billboard campaign before the Super Bowl featuring Eli Manning of the Giants and BenJarvis Green-Ellis of the Patriots. This year, Ole Miss has Michael Oher of  the Ravens battling Patrick Willis of the Niners. The lineman and linebacker will no doubt be staring each other down at some point during the game - maybe a little like this.

With two former Auburn players headed to the Super Bowl - San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers and  Baltimore linebacker Josh Bynes – this makes the 29th time out of 47 Super Bowls a former Tiger has made it to the championship game.

Former Georgia Bulldog and current Baltimore Raven Dannell Ellerbe got a shoutout on Twitter last night from Mark Richt after intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter.

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You Pick ‘Em: Arkansas-MSU

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FAYETTEVILLE - Next up for No. 13 Arkansas is a trip to No. 21 Mississippi State. The Razorbacks have had some of their best success against the Bulldogs in recent years, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings between the schools.

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Slophouse Pick (9-1)

On paper, this is the best match-up between these two schools in a long time. Both are ranked heading into the game for the first time since 1999 and it should be a game that lives up to its primetime billing.

The key will likely be if Arkansas can slow Mississippi State’s rushing game. The Bulldogs rank third in the SEC in rushing yards at 211.7 per game. At the same time, the Razorbacks are near the bottom of the league, allowing more than 150 rushing yards each contest.

Gone is Anthony Dixon, who had some great performances against Arkansas during his career, but Vick Ballard serves as a apt replacement. The Bulldogs running back is among the league leaders in rushing yards and creates a nice 1-2 punch with quarterback Chris Relf in the triple option attack. Razorbacks defensive coordinator Willy Robinson noted earlier in the week his unit is used to seeing the option as each of Arkansas’ last seven opponents have run some variation of it.

If the defense can slow the Bulldogs, the offense should be able to do its part. Arkansas is hot offensively, averaging 45.8 points in the last five games. Mississippi State does some unique things on the defense, but the Razorbacks seem to have a counter for each with its multitude of talented players on the other side of the ball. If Arkansas can continue to run the ball well it should slow a good pass rush and open some things up int he passing game. The Bulldogs and the cold might slow the Razorbacks a bit, but shouldn’t do too much to derail a team with its sights set on the BCS.

Arkansas 35, Mississippi State 21

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