Sunday, February 1, 2015

Michigan-centric Super Bowl XLIX Preview: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

New England Patriots

Seattle Seahawks
I'm not sure if you know this, but the Super Bowl is going to be played today at 6:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The media have been keeping it on the down-low since nothing exciting has happened. Also, the only person they're contractually allowed to interview is Marshawn Lynch, and since he won't talk, the media just gave up.

I'll be rooting for the Patriots because of Tom Brady. I'm really torn on whom to pick for the win, though. My head is telling me that the Seahawks have their mojo and keep finding ways to win. But oh well, I'll pick the Patriots with a 31-24 victory.

Below is the list of all the Big Ten (and Notre Dame) players you might have watched over the years. Michigan only has two representatives actually playing in the game (Tom Brady and Alan Branch), but there are a couple others who might get Super Bowl rings even though they're injured (Patriots linebacker Cam Gordon or Seahawks guard Steve Schilling).

Tom Brady - QB - Michigan
Alan Branch - DT - Michigan
Michael Buchanan - DE - Illinois*
Jonathan Casillas - LB - Wisconsin
Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska*
Nate Ebner - S - Ohio State
Darius Fleming - LB - Notre Dame
Cameron Gordon - LB - Michigan*
Jonas Gray - RB - Notre Dame
Justin Green - CB - Illinois*
Duron Harmon - S - Rutgers
Michael Hoomanawanui - TE - Illinois
Eric Martin - LB - Nebraska*
Devin McCourty - S - Rutgers
James Morris - LB - Iowa*
Rob Ninkovich - DE - Purdue
Greg Orton - WR - Purdue*
Logan Ryan - CB - Rutgers
Joe Vellano - DT - Maryland
James White - RB - Wisconsin
Tavon Wilson - CB - Illinois
Tim Wright - TE - Rutgers

Cliff Avril - DE - Purdue
Garry Gilliam - OT - Penn State
David Gilreath - WR - Wisconsin*
Jordan Hill - DT - Penn State*
Tony Moeaki - TE - Iowa
Stephen Schilling - OG - Michigan*
O'Brien Schofield - DE - Wisconsin
Mike Taylor - LB - Wisconsin*
Russell Wilson - QB - Wisconsin