College Football Programs With Most NFL Players To Start 2014-15

The NFL communications department recently released an extensive list of players on opening game rosters, and the programs they played for in college. In 2013, USC had the most athletes on rosters to begin the season; LSU has overtaken them for 2014. Here are some takeaways, followed by the list.

  • LSU’s position atop the list is hardly surprising, given they’ve had 29 players drafted in the past four years.
  • The SEC takes four of the top-five spots.
  • The state of Florida’s “Big Three” schools are fifth (UF & FSU tied) and sixth (UM).
  • Michigan has as many players on starting rosters as North Carolina.
  • Ole Miss has as many players on starting rosters as Texas A&M and Nebraska.
  • Troy has twice as many players in the league than Duke.

Below is the complete breakdown of how each college football program’s roster in the NFL stacks up.

Louisiana State 38
Southern California 37
Alabama 36
Georgia 34
Florida 33
Florida State 33
Miami 31
California 29
Ohio State 29
Notre Dame 28
Tennessee 28
Wisconsin 27
Auburn 26
Texas 26
Clemson 24
Oregon 24
Michigan 23
North Carolina 23
Oklahoma 23
Iowa 22
Penn State 22
South Carolina 22
Stanford 22
Virginia 21
Mississippi 19
Nebraska 19
Texas A&M 19
UCLA 19
Illinois 18
Virginia Tech 18
Missouri 17
North Carolina State 17
Utah 17
Connecticut 16
Arizona State 15
Rutgers 15
Boise State 14
Boston College 14
Georgia Tech 14
Louisville 14
Oklahoma State 14
Oregon State 14
Purdue 14
Arkansas 13
Cincinnati 13
Fresno State 13
Washington 13
Central Florida 12
Mississippi State 12
Pittsburgh 12
West Virginia 12
Kentucky 11
Maryland 11
Michigan State 11
Texas Christian 11
Arizona 10
Southern Methodist 10
Syracuse 10
Troy 10
Baylor 9
Central Michigan 9
Kansas State 9
Nevada 9
South Florida 9
Vanderbilt 9
Colorado 8
Louisiana Tech 8
Marshall 8
Montana 8
San Diego State 8
Wake Forest 8
Arkansas State 7
Kansas 7
Kent State 7
Memphis 7
Temple 7
Texas Tech 7
Toledo 7
Utah State 7
Brigham Young 6
Delaware 6
Minnesota 6
Northwestern 6
Rice 6
San Jose State 6
Southern Mississippi 6
Wyoming 6
Appalachian State 5
Buffalo 5
Duke 5
East Carolina 5
Hampton 5
Houston 5
Indiana 5
Louisiana-Lafayette 5
Massachusetts 5
Northern Illinois 5
Washington State 5
West Texas A&M 5
Western Michigan 5
William & Mary 5
Alabama-Birmingham 4
Bowling Green 4
Colorado State 4
Grand Valley State 4
Idaho 4
Iowa State 4
James Madison 4
Middle Tennessee 4
North Dakota State 4
North Texas 4
Ohio 4
Texas-El Paso 4
Tulane 4
Tulsa 4
Western Kentucky 4
Bethune-Cookman 3
Coastal Carolina 3
Eastern Michigan 3
Florida Atlantic 3
Florida International 3
Harvard 3
Hofstra 3
Idaho State 3
Liberty 3
Maine 3
New Mexico 3
New Mexico State 3
Newberry 3
Portland State 3
Regina, Can. 3
Saginaw Valley State 3
Tennessee State 3
Washburn 3
Abilene Christian 2
Alabama State 2
Bloomsburg 2
Brown 2
California, Pa. 2
California-Davis 2
Chadron State 2
Citadel 2
Columbia 2
Cornell 2
Eastern Illinois 2
Eastern Washington 2
Fordham 2
Fort Valley State 2
Furman 2
Georgia Southern 2
Grambling 2
Hawaii 2
Hillsdale 2
Miami, O. 2
Missouri Southern 2
Missouri Western 2
Monmouth, N.J. 2
Montana State 2
Mount Union 2
Nevada-Las Vegas 2
North Alabama 2
Northern Iowa 2
Northwest Missouri State 2
Samford 2
Shippensburg 2
South Carolina State 2
South Dakota 2
Southern Illinois 2
Stillman 2
Texas State 2
Tiffin 2
Towson 2
Villanova 2
Western Illinois 2
Western Washington 2
Air Force 1
Akron 1
Alabama A&M 1
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1
Army 1
Baker 1
Ball State 1
Belhaven 1
Beloit 1
Bemidji State 1
Bentley 1
Cal Poly 1
California-Irvine 1
Carson-Newman 1
Catawba 1
Central Missouri 1
Centre 1
Chattanooga 1
Coe 1
Colorado State-Pueblo 1
Concordia, St. Paul 1
Drake 1
East Central 1
Georgia State 1
Harding 1
Howard 1
Illinois State 1
Lane 1
Lindenwood 1
Marist 1
Mary Hardin-Baylor 1
McGill, Can. 1
Michigan Tech 1
Midwestern State 1
Minn. State-Mankato 1
Missouri State 1
Montreal, Can. 1
Murray State 1
New Hampshire 1
Nicholls State 1
Norfolk State 1
Northern Colorado 1
Northwestern State, La. 1
Northwood, Mich. 1
Ohio Northern 1
Palomar JC 1
Pittsburg State 1
Presbyterian 1
Princeton 1
Richmond 1
Sam Houston State 1
San Diego 1
Slippery Rock 1
South Dakota State 1
Southeast Missouri 1
Southeastern Louisiana 1
Southern Arkansas 1
St. Francis Xavier, Can. 1
St. Paul’s, Va. 1
Tennessee Tech 1
Tennessee-Martin 1
Texas A&M-Kingsville 1
Valdosta State 1
Walsh 1
Wayne State, Mich. 1
Weber State 1
West Alabama 1
Wheaton, Ill. 1
William Penn 1
Winston-Salem 1
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1
Wofford 1

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