From the coin toss, to the halftime shows to the Gatorade bath, you can bet on almost every event in the big game. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 20 most popular Super Bowl bets.
Opening Coin Toss
Seems like a very arbitrary thing to bet on but this is always quite popular. The odds of each outcome are 50/50 and the betting odds for each option are usually at about -105. In addition to betting on the outcome of the coin toss, bettors can also wager on whether the team that chooses heads or tails in the coin toss ends up being correct.
How Long It Will Take To Sing The National Anthem
Another popular prop bet that is determined even before the actual kickoff is the length of the national anthem. Depending on the crooner, some renditions might be stretched out while others might short and sweet. It’s essentially over/under betting based of a length time, and you can choose which way it will go.
Will There Be Overtime?
This one is pretty simple: Will the game need the extra frame? Until Super Bowl LI, no game had gone into overtime, so the odds on ‘Yes’ always offer a big payout.
Who Will Win Super Bowl MVP?
The quarterback position is usually considered the best bet here. After all, nine of the last 11 Super Bowl MVPs were the quarterback for the Super Bowl winner. However, every few years there tends to be an exception to that rule, whether it’s Malcolm Smith for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVII or Von Miller in Super Bowl 50.
Team To Score First
A popular bet on an early in-game event is who will score first. Typically, you’ll want to take into account who you think will win the coin toss and whether they’ll accept or defer (based on in-season practice). And then think about the matchup (if one team has a better offense, etc).
Will Either QB Throw For More Than 400 Yards?
In terms of the individual props, this is a fun one as bettors like to handicap whether a quarterback will have a tremendous game.
Will A RB Rush For More Than 150 Yards?
The same goes for running backs as bettors have to determine whether they think a runner will surpass the 150-yard mark. They don’t have to same who. Just if someone will.
Who Will Score The First TD?
This popular game prop usually features a number of different players listed at different moneyline odds. The running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks are all usually listed here.
However, keep in mind that in order for the quarterback to be considered the first touchdown scorer they actually have to run the ball in themselves rather than throw it to another teammate.
Will Either Team Score Three Unanswered Times?
This is a tricky prop as it often looks challenging to achieve on paper but happens more frequently than you think. “Scores” are either touchdowns, field goals or safeties.
One team can jump in front or another team can make a raucous comeback – as we saw in the Patriots-Falcons Super Bowl in 2017 – and that makes hitting three consecutive scores fairly easy in that scenario.
Will There Be A Missed Extra Point?
This has become more popular to play since the NFL moved the extra point back to the 15-yard-line, making the kicks from 33 yards out.
Will There Be A Successful 2-Point Conversion?
The increase in the number of times that teams attempt two-point conversions makes this a very interesting prop bet to consider. Keep in mind, this bet isn’t based on whether or not a team will attempt a two-point conversion. Instead, it’s about whether or not a team will be successful converting a two-point attempt, so there are two layers to it.
Will There Be A Safety?
Imagine anybody that bet “Yes” for this prop heading into Super Bowl XLVIII. On the first play from scrimmage, Cliff Avril registered a safety for the Seattle Seahawks and anybody that bet $100 on the ‘Yes’ option cashed out $600. This bet is a longshot but it has happened before.
Team To Record More First Downs
This is a stat-based prop bet that will usually be tied to the team that you think will win the game. Usually – but not always – the team that wins this prop wins the game.
Will There Be An Onside Kick Attempt?
Unlike the two-point conversion prop bet, the onside kick doesn’t have to be successful in order for the “Yes” to be considered the winner.
Team To Score Last In The Game
This is another fun prop, but it’s a bit tricky. The last score of the game could be the one that wins it or it could be a blowout and the losing team finds a way to score in garbage time.
Will The Broadcaster Refer To The Point Spread?
In addition to the game play props, there are quite a few popular Super Bowl props that apply to the broadcast. Will the commentators refer to the point spread of the game at any point? This becomes more and more likely as sports betting is welcomed into the mainstream.
What Color Will The Gatorade Dumped On The Winning Coach Be?
One of the most unique prop bets is picking which color the Gatorade dumped on the winning head coach will be. Sometimes it depends on team colors (some teams coordinate), but many times teams go with the standard orange. It’s up to you to decide.
How Many Times Will Owner Appear On the Broadcast?
This bet is usually made available for each of the team owners. How many times will each one be shown during the broadcast? Keep in mind that the owner of the winning team is much more likely to be shown.
How Many Times Will Temperature Outside Stadium Be Mentioned?
Even if the game is played inside a stadium, the weather outside of the building could be mentioned throughout the broadcast. The Super Bowl is always played during the winter, so it’s usually a topic of conversation.
Will The President Tweet During The Broadcast?
Another fun entertainment prop focuses on whether the President will send out a tweet or not during the game. This focuses on whether he’ll tweet during the broadcast, so a congratulatory postgame tweet usually doesn’t qualify.