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(DETROIT FREE PRESS/ Zlati Meyer)

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? IT'S THE 49ERS AGAINST THE RAVENS.

True, but there are numerous Michiganders or folks with Michigan connections involved in the San Francisco-Baltimore contest, including the coaches: Jim Harbaugh, from his days as a quarterback for the University of Michigan, and John Harbaugh, who was an assistant coach with Western Michigan University.

SO, WHOM SHOULD I ROOT FOR TONIGHT?

Considering the state's big presence on the Niners, you might want to cheer for the Gold Rush. On the team are former Rockford resident and Central Michigan grad Joe Staley, Michigan State alumnus Garrett Celek, Bay City native Trenton Robinson and former U-M player Jonathan Goodwin.

HAVE ANY WOLVERINE STATE NATIVES MADE IT TO THE BIG GAME WITH OTHER TEAMS?

You bet! Jerome Bettis, Mike Lodish and Pepper Johnson from Detroit, Devin Thomas from Canton, Nick McDonald from Sterling Heights and Tyrone Wheatley from Dearborn Heights.

WHAT ABOUT FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHO ATTENDED ANY OF THE DIVISION 1 SCHOOLS IN MICHIGAN?

Yes, all five boast alumni who've made it to the most important NFL matchup of the year. For example, Tom Brady, Ty Law and Detroit's Larry Foote from U-M; Plaxico Burress, Bubba Smith and Herb Adderley from MSU; Charlie Batch and John Banaszak from Eastern Michigan; Hudsonville's Ray Bentley and Rockford's Joe Staley from CMU, and Kalamazoo's Greg Jennings from WMU.

Contact Zlati Meyer: 313-223-4439, zmeyer@freepress.com, on Twitter @ZlatiMeyer
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