While the 2013 Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers is one of the best matchups of the year, the aura around this game goes so far beyond the play on the field.
This time of year is reserved for the insane prop bets and how the fans can make big some extra cash taking educated risks.
The following bets are risky, but the reward makes the wager worth the gamble; it’s not as much fun if you don’t throw caution to the wind a bit.
All betting information courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Which Team Will Win the Coin Toss?
San Francisco (-105), Baltimore (-105)
The coin toss is one of the most popular wagers of the Super Bowl, but while many fans feel that this is a 50-50 risk, the statistics suggest otherwise.
In recent history, the NFC representative in the Super Bowl has won 14 of the last 15 coin tosses (h/t Doc's Sports Service). The New England Patriots won the coin flip for the Super Bowl last season, and the NFC looks to get back on the streak Sunday.
In theory, a gambler’s odds may be even for the coin toss, but recent history proves that it is anything but a 50-50 split. Ride the trend and take the NFC representative 49ers to win the coin toss.
Prediction: The San Francisco 49ers win the coin toss.
Will Someone Be Called for Roughing the Passer?
Yes (Even), No (-130)
While predicting penalties is one of the hardest things to do when wagering on football, the emphasis on player safety and the mainstream scrutiny from everyone including President Obama will result in a strict Super Bowl.
Add in the mobility of Colin Kaepernick, the pocket presence of Joe Flacco and the hard-hitting defenses of both teams and this game is guaranteed to see at least one roughing-the-passer penalty—likely more.
Betting on the penalty being called is an even wager, but adding this bet to a prop parlay is an easy way to increase possible winnings while guaranteeing a victory. Taking this wager alone will likely not pay out as much as a bettor would like.
Prediction: Yes, there will be a roughing-the-passer penalty.
Which Number Will Be Higher?
Sidney Crosby Shots on Goal Feb 3rd vs. Washington (-115), Torrey Smith Receptions Super Bowl XLVII (-115)
In one of the most entertaining cross-sport bets of the year, the wager is on which total will be higher: Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby’s shots on goal Sunday in his NHL game or Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith’s reception total in the Super Bowl.
Crosby, the Penguins’ captain, had a season-high six shots on goal Thursday against the New York Rangers, and the Washington Capitals are not as skilled defensively as New York; expect Sid the Kid to get at least five shots on goal Sunday.
Smith has been a great asset for the Ravens this season, but San Francisco's elite cornerbacks and safeties will limit the young star to three catches, his postseason average this year.
With Smith having two, three and four receptions, respectively, in Baltimore's playoff games this year, Crosby’s shot output Sunday will surpass the WR’s catches.
Prediction: Sidney Crosby will have more shots than Torrey Smith has receptions.