As it happens, there are players from both schools on all four remaining teams aiming to reach the Feb. 3 Super Bowl in New Orleans. Of those eight, five are listed as starters:
Atlanta: Defensive tackle Peria Jerry (Ole Miss) and reserve free safety Charles Mitchell (MSU). Also, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes (ICC, Southern Miss).
Baltimore: Offensive tackle Michael Oher (Ole Miss) – subject of the book and movie “The Blind Side” – and defensive end Pernell McPhee (ICC, MSU).
New England: Defensive tackle Kyle Love (MSU) and fullback Brandon Bolden (Ole Miss).
San Francisco: All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis (Ole Miss) and reserve running back Anthony Dixon (MSU).
San Francisco visits Atlanta for the NFC title at 2 p.m. on Fox; Baltimore visits New England in the AFC at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.
Ole Miss is guaranteed a 15th player to get a Super Bowl ring – and the second in a row, after Eli Manning and the New York Giants won last season.
But Mississippi’s SEC schools aren’t alone in having players on all four rosters; Ole Miss football media relations director Kyle Campbell notes that there are a total of eight such schools, a list that also includes Central Florida, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Tennessee and Texas.