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Breaking down NFL rosters by conferences and colleges

The SEC has the most players on active NFL rosters with 309. The other Power 5 conferences: ACC (239), Big Ten (224), Pac-12 (220) and Big 12 (132). Jerry Lai/USA TODAY Sports

Before the NFL kicks off its season Thursday, let's take a closer look at where the league is mining for talent.

Here are various breakdowns of how schools and conferences are represented on active NFL rosters*.

By conference

Total players: SEC 309, ACC 239, Big Ten 224, Pac-12 220, Big 12 132, American 98, Mountain West 68, Conference USA 56, MAC 51, Sun Belt 31

Average per school: SEC 22.1, Pac-12 18.3, ACC 17.1, Big Ten 16.0, Big 12 13.2, American 8.2, Mountain West 5.7, Conference USA 4.3, MAC 3.9, Sun Belt 2.8

Power 5

ACC: Miami 36, Florida State 33, Clemson 24, North Carolina 19, Louisville 18, Virginia 18, NC State 15, Boston College 14, Virginia Tech 14, Georgia Tech 13, Pittsburgh 11, Wake Forest 9, Duke 8, Syracuse 7

Big 12: Oklahoma 28, Texas, 24, West Virginia 18, Oklahoma State 12, TCU 12, Baylor 9, Texas Tech 9, Kansas State 8, Kansas 7, Iowa State 5

Big Ten: Ohio State 27, Penn State 24, Wisconsin 24, Iowa 23, Nebraska 21, Michigan 18, Rutgers 17, Michigan State 15, Maryland 14, Purdue 12, Illinois 9, Minnesota 8, Indiana 7, Northwestern 5

Pac-12: USC 33, Oregon 28, Cal 26, Stanford 23, Oregon State 22, UCLA 21, Utah 18, Washington 16, Arizona State 13, Arizona 9, Colorado 8, Washington State 4

SEC: LSU 37, Georgia 35, Alabama 34, Florida 31, Auburn 29, Tennessee 26, South Carolina 20, Texas A&M 20, Missouri 17, Mississippi State 16, Arkansas 14, Kentucky 12, Mississippi 12, Vanderbilt 6

Independent: Notre Dame 26

Group of 5

American: Connecticut 17, Central Florida 14, Cincinnati 13, South Florida 11, SMU 10, Memphis 8, Temple 7, Tulane 6, Houston 6, East Carolina 3, Tulsa 2, Navy 1

Conference USA: Rice 8, Louisiana Tech 7, Southern Miss 7, Florida Atlantic 6, Marshall 6, Middle Tennessee State 5, North Texas 4, UTEP 4, Western Kentucky 4, Florida International 3, UTSA 1, Old Dominion 1, Charlotte 0

MAC: Central Michigan 9, Toledo 9, Kent State 6, Buffalo 5, Northern Illinois 4, Western Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 3, Massachusetts 3, Miami (Ohio) 3, Ball State 2, Ohio 2, Bowling Green 1, Akron 0

Mountain West: Fresno State 15, Boise State 12, Nevada 8, Colorado State 7, Utah State 7, San Jose State 6, San Diego State 5, Wyoming 5, New Mexico 2, UNLV 1, Air Force 0, Hawaii 0

Sun Belt: Arkansas State 6, Appalachian State 5, Texas State 5, Troy 4, Louisiana Lafayette 3, Georgia Southern 2, Georgia State 2, New Mexico State 2, Idaho 1, Louisiana Monroe 0, South Alabama 0

Independent: BYU 6, Army 1

FCS (by conference)

  • Colonial 26, Big Sky 22, Missouri Valley 15, Ivy 11, MEAC 11, Southern 10, Big South 9, SWAC 8, Southland 7, independent 4, Ohio Valley 4, Pioneer 2, Patriot 1

Top 20

37 -- LSU

36 -- Miami

35 -- Georgia

34 -- Alabama

33 -- Florida State, USC

31 -- Florida

29 -- Auburn

28 -- Oregon, Oklahoma

27 -- Ohio State

26 -- Notre Dame, Tennessee

25 -- Cal

24 -- Clemson, Penn State, Texas, Wisconsin

23 -- Stanford, Iowa

Notes

  • 86.3 percent of players active on NFL rosters played at the FBS level; 7.7 percent at FCS; 3.8 percent in Division II

  • 67.9 percent come from Power 5 programs; 18.2 percent come from the SEC

  • 12 NFL players went to colleges which no longer have football programs

  • Among Group of 5 programs, Connecticut (17) has the most NFL players.

  • Montana leads the FCS with 10 players on active NFL rosters, which are more than 16 Power 5 programs.

  • Six FBS programs are without representation

  • 14 players went to Division III schools

  • Four players went to NAIA schools

  • Four players went to college in Canada

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*Includes players listed as active on NFL rosters as of the morning of Sept. 9 (not all teams listed 53 active players). Does not include players on PUP, NFI or injury lists, those suspended or on practice squads.

Conferences are credited for all players who played at current member school.

Players who transferred during college are classified by the school listed on their NFL team's official website, usually the school where they finished.

Editor's note: A previous post mistakenly omitted information from two NFL rosters. It has been corrected.