This year, like each year, millions of Americans will watch Super Bowl 58 rosters with rooting interest in one team or another. But allegiances will stretch back before any of the players in the Feb. 11 game were members of the San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs – or even beyond legal online sports betting interests.
Sometimes allegiances is based not only on years-long attachment to a given NFL franchise, but to something as rudimentary as the university that a given player suited up for. Either way, there’s no shortage of explanations for a person’s rooting interest come Super Bowl Sunday.
This year, the Super Bowl takes place in Las Vegas for the first time. The Chiefs and Niners are tangling a stone’s throw from The Strip in a contest that is filled with players from colleges big and small.
To get a sense which CFB programs have produced the most players on this year’s Super Bowl rosters, U.S. Betting Report – where you can find reviews of U.S. sports betting apps that you can rely on – broke down the roster makeups of the AFC and NFC champs to see which schools will be the most represented on Feb. 11. We checked the rosters of both Kansas City and San Francisco on their official websites.
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Colleges With Most Players In Super Bowl 58
Rank, College No. of Players Pct. Of Players
1. Oklahoma 6 5.7%
2. Georgia 5 4.7%
T3. Michigan 4 3.8%
T3. Florida 4 3.8%
T3. TCU 4 3.8%
T6. Rutgers 3 2.8%
T6. Penn State 3 2.8%
Super Bowl Odds
The on-field action at Allegiant Stadium should be evenly fought between two excellent teams. If you like Kansas City to repeat as Super Bowl champions, you can get 2.5 points on them as the underdog at FanDuel Sportsbook, albeit at -115 odds. The operator has a +110 moneyline on the Chiefs and -130 for the Niners.
Some college football programs will have much more of a presence on the field come Super Bowl Sunday than others.
Handful of CFB Blue Bloods Dot Super Bowl 58 Rosters
The leader when it comes to Super Bowl representation this year is Oklahoma, which produced six players between the two rosters, making up 5.7% of the total. The Sooners will play football in the SEC starting next season and one of the schools they will run into there are the Georgia Bulldogs, who are next on our list with five players, or 4.7%, on Super Bowl 58 rosters. At several college football betting sites, UGA is the favorite to be the national champion in the 2024 season.
Three schools are tied for third – national champion Michigan, Florida and TCU each have four players expected to suit up in Las Vegas, or 3.8% of the total. Two Big Ten schools have three former players to watch, as Rutgers and Penn State both will have three players, representing 2.8% apiece.
The leaders in Super Bowl representation from Norman include Chiefs tight end Blake Bell, safety Creed Humphrey, offensive tackle Wanya Morris and long snapper James Winchester, while former OU offensive tackle Trent Williams and tight end Brayden Willis will be making appearances for the 49ers. If you want to be on San Francisco to win it all, BetRivers Sportsbook has the Niners at -129 on the moneyline (most major operators have San Fran as a 2-point favorite, except FanDuel, as of Thursday afternoon).
The Georgia Bulldogs count Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman and DE Malik Herring, plus 49ers DE Robert Beal Jr., WR Chris Conley and TE Charlie Woerner as alums.
The Florida Gators heavily influence the Chiefs roster, with RB La’Michal Perine, OT Jawaan Taylor, WR Kadarius Toney and punter Tommy Townsend. The Wolverines count Chiefs DE Mike Danna and three Niners: WR Ronnie Bell, kicker Jake Moody and cornerback Ambry Thomas. The Horned Frogs alumni are Chiefs OT Lucas Niang and three players with San Francisco: OT Matt Pryor, CB Jason Verrett and LB Dee Winters.
The Scarlet Knights are represented by Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco, 49ers S Logan Ryan and 49ers DT Sebastian Joseph-Day. Finally, Penn State has two Niners in S Ji-Ayir Brown and DT Kevin Givens, plus one Chiefs player, OT Donovan Smith.
If you have a handful of sportsbook accounts, you might enjoy shopping around for NFL betting promos and some fun Super Bowl props to augment the basic spread, moneyline and over/under bets.
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Christopher Boan covers sports betting and casino gambling for U.S. Betting Report. He has reported on sports and sports betting in Arizona for nearly a decade, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.