With 101 former student-athletes from current Big Ten schools appearing on NFL playoff rosters, the Big Ten is one of three conferences with 100 or more players in the upcoming playoffs. The SEC (128) and ACC (110) also boast more than 100 former players in the NFL playoffs, followed by the Pac-12 (83), Big 12 (60) and Big East (41). The Big Ten is also one of two conferences to have nine schools with eight or more players on playoff rosters, and one of three to have every school in the conference with at least two players on playoff rosters. Only 18 college football programs will feature 11 or more former players taking the field in the NFL playoffs, including Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Buckeyes lead all Big Ten teams and are tied for third among all schools with 17 former players taking the field. The Wolverines are tied for 10th nationally with 13 standouts and the Badgers are tied for 15th with 11 players. Illinois, Michigan State and Nebraska each have nine players on playoff rosters, while Iowa, Penn State and Purdue check in with eight. Indiana has four players in the playoffs, while Northwestern has three and Minnesota has two.
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