For those of you who are already curious just from the headline, there are only three teams from the SEC on the west side of the Mississippi River. Two of them (Texas A&M and Missouri) were new additions in 2012, and the third is Arkansas.
There are thousands of college football players on either side of the river, but there are completely different styles of play as well. From Oregon's fast-paced offense to Stanford's own version of "defense wins championships," there are likely some players on this list whom you haven't heard about in a few months.
Here are the 50 best college football players west of the Mississippi River.
*All standings not linked were taken from this ESPN.com page.