While winning championships might be the primary goal for most college football programs, being able to produce NFL talent has never hurt, especially when it comes to bragging rights. 

NFL teams released their final 53-man roster for 2020 over Labor Day weekend as they prepare for the NFL’s first week. The season begins with Houston at Kansas City on Thursday, Sep. 10.

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Out of the 1,696 players on NFL active rosters, 1,512 (89 percent) come from FBS schools. The SEC and Big Ten dominate most of these rosters, as the top two NFL talent-producing conferences combined for 612 of the 1,512 players. The top five schools that have produced the most professional talent come from these conferences as well.

Joe Burrow, the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft will look to make an immediate impact in the NFL.

Alabama leads all FBS schools in 2020 NFL players with 56 players on active rosters, highlighted by Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans), Josh Jacobs (Las Vegas Raiders) and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins). Fifty-six players also ties last year’s mark by Alabama. 

Ohio State, LSU, Florida and Michigan round out the top five, with the first non-SEC or non-Big Ten school to appear on the list being Miami (Fla.). The Hurricanes clock in with 30 current players on the initial 53-man active rosters. They lead the ACC with the most players, followed by Clemson with 29 and Florida State with 28. 

After the ACC, the Pac-12 comes in as the conference with the fourth-most players on active rosters with 195. The Big 12 is the fifth conference on the list with 133 players. Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with 29 former Sooners in the NFL, while Washington leads the Pac-12 with 28 former players.

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The first team to make the list that isn’t in the SEC, Big 10, ACC, Pac-12 or Big 12 is independent Notre Dame. The Irish currently have 29 players on active NFL rosters. 

(Note: This list only highlights players on active 53-man rosters, according to NFL team websites, as of Sept. 6. It includes FBS teams and conferences only. It does not include players on the injury reserved lists, COVID-19 opt-out lists, practice squads or the commissioner’s exempt list).

Conference Players on NFL Rosters
SEC 348
Big Ten 264
ACC 208
Pac-12 195
Big 12 133
American 94
C-USA 75
Mountain West 70
Independent 51
MAC 39
Sun Belt 24

Want to know where your school ranks heading into the 2020 regular season?

Check out the full list of FBS schools with active NFL players below. 

FBS School Players
Alabama 56
Ohio State 50
LSU 41
Florida 39
Michigan 33
Georgia 32
Penn State 32
Miami (Fla.) 30
Clemson 29
Notre Dame 29
Oklahoma 29
Florida State 28
Iowa 28
Washington 28
Stanford 27
Texas A&M 27
Auburn 25
Texas 25
Wisconsin 25
South Carolina 24
Southern California 23
Mississippi State 21
North Carolina State 20
Temple 20
Tennessee 19
Utah 19
California 18
Nebraska 18
Virginia Tech 16
West Virginia 15
Boston College 14
Ole Miss 14
Pittsburgh 14
TCU 14
Arkansas 13
Colorado 13
Houston 13
Missouri 13
Oregon 13
Texas Tech 13
UCF 13
Wyoming 13
Boise State 12
Cincinnati 12
Kentucky 12
Michigan State 12
Vanderbilt 12
Virginia 12
Maryland 11
Memphis 11
Oklahoma State 11
Southern Miss 11
Illinois 10
North Carolina 10
Oregon State 10
Purdue 10
Rutgers 10
SMU 10
Florida Atlantic 9
Indiana 9
Kansas State 9
Louisiana Tech 9
Louisville 9
Minnesota 9
Fresno State 8
Rice 8
Connecticut 8
Toledo 8
Utah State 8
Wake Forest 8
Arizona State 7
Baylor 7
Colorado State 7
Northwestern 7
San Diego State 7
Syracuse 7
Washington 7
Duke 6
Georgia Tech 6
South Florida 6
Western Kentucky 6
Appalachian State 5
Arizona 5
Georgia Southern 5
Iowa State 5
Kansas State 5
Marshall 5
Northern Illinois 5
Western Michigan 5
Central Michigan 4
Charlotte 4
Florida International 4
Hawaii 4
Nevada 4
Old Dominion 4
Massachusetts 4
Eastern Michigan 3
Louisana 3
Miami (Ohio) 3
Middle Tennessee State 3
North Texas 3
San Jose State 3
Texas State 3
Tulane 3
Air Force 2
Akron 2
Arkansas State 2
Ball State 2
Buffalo 2
East Carolina 2
Georgia State 2
Kent State 2
Navy 2
New Mexico 2
Ohio 2
Troy 2
Tulsa 2
Army 1
Bowling Green 1
Coastal Carolina 1
Liberty 1
New Mexico State 1
South Alabama 1

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