Big Ten Rosters - Top 12 Facts

October 28, 2015 by SbS Football Staff | with 0 comments
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With the college football season now in the middle of conference play, we wanted to provide some geographical highlights of this year’s pool of players for each of the Power 5 conferences.

Below are our top 12 facts (in no particular order) of where the players in the Big Ten are from (other Power 5 conferences: ACCBig 12Pac-12SEC).

1. There are more players in the Big Ten from the state of Ohio (12.4%) than any other state; the next most are from Illinois (10.2%) and Michigan (7.5%).

2. There are 51 starters (16.6%) in the Big Ten from the state of Ohio; 13 of them play for the home-state Buckeyes, while there are 8 starters from Ohio on both Illinois and Michigan.

3. The state representing the most players on each team in the Big Ten is the state in which the team is located in. 

4. Every team in the Big Ten has starters from at least six different states; only one team (Ohio State) has more than half of their starters from one state. 

5. There are as many starters from the state of Florida (26) as there are from the states of Illinois and New Jersey (26 each).

6. There are 16 starters in the Big Ten from the state of Michigan; 9 play for the Spartans and 5 play for the Wolverines (one each for Iowa and Penn State).

7. There are 19 starters from the state of Pennsylvania, including 5 who play for Maryland and 4 who play for Rutgers. 

8. There are only 2 starters on Penn State from the state of Pennsylvania; there are 7 starters for the Nittany Lions from New Jersey, 4 from Maryland, and 2 each from Delaware and Virginia.

9. There are 83 current FBS players from the state of Nebraska and 63 play in the Big Ten; 60 of them play for the Huskers, and the other 3 play for Iowa (2 are starters).

10. Half of the starting Quarterback’s in the Big Ten are from a state that is not home to a Big Ten team (two are from Texas and there is one starting QB from California, Florida, New York, Tennessee and Virginia). 

11. Purdue has more starters from Florida (5) and Georgia (4) than they have starters from the state of Indiana (3).

12. There are 2 players in the conference who are from the state of Hawaii (1 is a starter for Wisconsin) and 1 player from the state of Alaska.


Top 12 Roster facts for the other Power 5 conferences: ACC
Big 12Pac-12SEC.


Maps of Power 5 Players and Starters (all conferences)

Note: all statistics are based on team rosters from mid-August 2015 and participation reports from week 7 (or week 6 if no game in week 7).