Category: College Sports

Here Are The Colleges Sending Star Players To The 2018 NFL Playoffs

Just eight teams are left in the 2018 NFL Playoffs, and we’ll confess we’re pretty excited about seeing our Philadelphia Eagles make the cut after a four year drought — even if it’s without Quarterback Carson Wentz (with his heartbreaking late season injury).

With the playoffs in full swing this weekend and we thought it would be fun to round up each team’s star players this season and see where they played college ball. You might spot a few surprises!

Philadelphia Eagles

Game on. #DALvsPHI

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E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! We’ve had such a great team this season. Two Eagles players come from rival teams in Michigan, with Quarterback Nick Foles (you got this, Nick!) from Michigan State University and Defense End Brandon Graham from University of Michigan. Defense Tackle Fletcher Cox played for Mississippi State, and our sidelined QB Carson Wentz came all the way from North Dakota State University.

Atlanta Falcons

Victory Sunday vibes!

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The Falcons hope they will be dancing the “Dirty Bird” dance this Saturday against the Eagles! It’s not too surprising that two of the team’s stars of 2017 hail from southern schools — Wide Receiver Julio Jones attended the University of Alabama and Linebacker Vic Beasley went to Clemson University. Quarterback Matt Ryan, however, is from right here in Philadelphia where he played for the William Penn Charter School before heading to Boston College.

Jacksonville Jaguars

That's ours.

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DUUUUUUVAL!” will be the rallying cry of the Jaguars as they play the Steelers this Sunday. Calais Campbell, a great defensive end, stayed close to his alma mater after playing for the University of Miami. Defensive Tackle Malik Jackson came from the nearby University of Tennessee, and Linebacker Telvin Smith also stayed near his college team at Florida State University.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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HERE WE GO, Steelers, headed into the playoffs for the 30th time! Two Michigan schools contribute to this year’s star players with Wide Receiver Antonio Brown having played for Central Michigan University, while Running Back Le’Veon Bell having been a Spartan at Michigan State University. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a RedHawk at Miami University in Ohio.

Tennessee Titans

Playoff Mode Unlocked #TitanUp

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A’oo, A’oo, A’oo! The Tennessee Titans are up against the Patriots Saturday night, back to the playoffs for the first time in nine years. We’ve got a full slate of Midwesterners in the star players, with Running Back DeMarco Murray playing for the University of Oklahoma, Tackle Taylor Lewan played for the University of Michigan, and Tight End Delanie Walker was a Mule for the University of Central Missouri.

New England Patriots

12°

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The Patriots will “Get Up!” while they play the Titans Saturday in their 52nd playoff game! Quarterback Tom Brady was a Wolverine at the University Of Michigan, and currently injured Linebacker Dont’a Hightower was part of the Crimson Tide at Alabama. Oregon State University is proud to call Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks an alum, and Tight End Rob Gronkowski hails from the University of Arizona.

New Orleans Saints

#Saints Fans = Best Fans #LoveTheSaints

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Who dat? The Saints made it to playoffs for the 17th time this season! Quarterback Drew Brees played at Purdue University. Defensive End Cameron Jordan shined during his time playing for the University of California, Berkeley. Center Max Unger was a key offensive player for the Oregon Ducks.

Minnesota Vikings

Man on fire. 🔥 #CHIvsMIN #Skol

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You might hear cries of “Skol!” while watching the Saints play the Vikings on Sunday. IT  means “cheers” or “well wishes” in Danish/Swedish/Icelandic. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes played for the slightly warmer Florida State University but Safety Harrison Smith defended the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame. Defense End Everson Griffen spent his college years at the University of Southern California.

The team that dominates this year’s NFL playoffs in the final eight? It’s the University of Michigan, sending alumni to the Eagles, the Titans, and the Patriots! Congrats to the blue and maize!

We’re looking forward to the games this weekend, but pardon us if we’re mostly cheering on our Eagles. Good luck to all eight!

League’s Picks: 5 Best College Games To Watch Over Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s almost turkey day, and that means three things: good eats, gratitude, and of course, college football! There are some great games being played this Rivalry Weekend — and even a game on Thanksgiving Day!

Who are you rooting for?

Auburn vs. Alabama

This is the most intense rivalry in the country! These two Alabama teams meet each year on Thanksgiving weekend in the Iron Bowl, and Alabama is the current leader at 45–35–1.  While the University of Alabama has been #1 this year, Auburn University dismantled their other rival Georgia just two weeks ago. Definitely one to watch. 1:30 p.m. start on Saturday, November 25th, CBS . Shop League gear at Alumni Hall Auburn or the Supe Store.

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State

Enjoy this classic rivalry matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State! Rivals since 1901, these two teams currently stand at  63-44-6.  It will be a close one as they are nearly matched for wins so far this season. 5:30pm Thursday November 23rd on ESPN. Shop League at University of Mississippi Official Bookstore or the Mississippi State Bookstore.

South Florida vs. UCF

There is a big one in Florida! Not only is the American Athletic Conference East division championship on the line, but the winner is a shoe-in for the Group of Five berth for the Peach Bowl. Expect to see some fired up fans for this is young rivalry between South Florida and University of Central Florida (only since 2005). 1:30pm Friday November 24th on Channel 15 (CBS). Shop League for the game at UCF Bookstore or USF Bookstore.

Michigan vs. OSU

University of Michigan is going to need to work hard on offense to get through the amazing defense of the Buckeyes. You will definitely want to watch this one. 10am Saturday November 25th on Fox. Shop League at University of Michigan Bookstore and The M Den.

Washington State vs. Washington

Battling once again in the Apple Cup, Washington State and the University of Washington have been rivals since 1907. The University of Washington Huskies are the strong leader with a record of 71–32–6, but a win from Washington State would send them instead of Stanford to the Pac-12 championship. 8pm Saturday November 25th on Fox. Shop League for this game at Crimson & Gray and University Book Store.

League Celebrates Local College Rivalries

There’s nothing quite like attending a college football game when you’re playing your rivals! Most college rivalries have a long and rich history, and while we don’t claim any favorites as a company, you can bet some of our staff have some strong opinions when it comes to local schools.  Whose side are YOU on?

Lehigh University vs. Lafayette College

Located only seventeen miles apart, Lehigh University and Lafayette College are one of the nation’s oldest rivalries.  Known as “The Rivalry,” the Mountain Hawks and the Leopards have played one another a total of 152 times.  Lafayette leads the series with 78 wins, 69 losses and 5 ties. The game predates trophies, so instead, the winner keeps the game ball.

Shop League looks at the Lafayette College Store and the Lehigh University Bookstore.

University of Pennsylvania vs. Princeton University 

Our local Ivy League rivalry between the Princeton Tigers and the UPenn Quakers dates way back to 1876! One of the most balanced rivalries in college football, Princeton has won 31 and Penn has won 30 of the games played since the formation of the Ivy League in 1956.

Shop League looks at the Penn Bookstore and the Princeton University Store.

Penn State vs. Temple University

The Nittany Lions and the Temple Owls are fierce rivals since 1931. After dominating three of the first four meetings between the two, Penn State went on to hold Temple win-less from 1941 to 2015, when Temple broke their losing streak with a 27-10 win over the Lions.

Shop League looks at Lions Pride & Penn State Book Store, and the Temple Bookstore.

University of Delaware vs. Villanova University

The Wildcats and the Blue Hens have held their rivalry since 1895. They played annually from 1964–1980 with a hiatus 1980–1988. The Villanova Wildcats currently lead the “Battle of the Blue” 28 to 21 with 1 tie over UDel. The Battle of the Blue was the first game played at Talen Energy Stadium  in Chester, PA.

Shop League look at the Villanova University Bookstore and the UD Bookstore.

University of Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia University

Called “The Backyard Brawl,” this rivalry dates back to 1895 — and the 1921 game was the first college football game on the radio, (Pittsburgh won that day). While the West Virginia University Mountaineers currently are ahead in the last ten games, the Pittsburgh Panthers have won the most overall.

Shop League looks at The University Store and West Virginia University Bookstore.

Bloomsburg University vs. West Chester University

This is our most recent rivalry, only dating to 1941 — but it’s fierce! West Chester’s Golden Rams lead in all-time wins at 49 to 27, but this year the Bloomsburg Huskies pulled it out in the last two minutes of the game to win 20-19! What a game.

Shop League looks at the Bloomsburg University Store and WCU Campus Store.

Franklin & Marshall University vs. Dickinson College

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This rivalry dates back to the late 1880s when the two teams would use Conestoga Wagons to travel to visit each other — and still today when these two teams meet, the trophy is in the shape of the wagon! This year it was Franklin & Marshall gave Dickinson College quite the whopping with a shutout of 56  to 0.

Shop League looks at the Franklin & Marshall College Bookstore and the Dickinson College Bookstore.