There are dozens of ways to make money on the Super Bowl, but one of the most common is in a squares pool.
Basically, 100 squares are set up in a 10 by 10 format. Each box represents one number for the last digit of the San Francisco 49ers score and the last digit of the Baltimore Ravens score.
Most pools have winners at the end of each quarter, but the most money is reserved for the final.
While it is difficult to predict the final score, there are certainly choices that are better than others.
This is easily the best bet based on how often this number appears. This is especially easy to hit in the first couple of quarters before the score starts to vary.
With the 49ers in this game, the odds of hitting seven are even better. Kicker David Akers has struggled all season, which means that field goals will not be too likely.
If they can get one more touchdown than field goal in the game—and an unlikely event, such as a safety, is avoided—you will be able to hit your mark.
While many will think that three would be a solid number with field goals playing a big part in most Super Bowls, these teams do not think that way.
Both sides love going for the end zone and have been very successful at doing so all season.
This means that even with field goals, there is a very good chance that enough touchdowns can counteract this result.
It would not be surprising to see one or both of these teams have either 10 or 20 points at halftime.
With the way these teams can put up points, scoring 28 or 38 might be the most likely outcome by the end of the game.
Both the Ravens and 49ers scored exactly 28 points in their respective championship games, and would like to replicate that on Sunday.
Neither side would like to accept field goals when they have a chance to go for a touchdown, so expect both coaches to be very aggressive in the big game. This will lead to fewer field goals and will make eight one of the best options for this type of pool.