Super Bowl Prop Bets: 25 Bizarre Bets You Can Actually Make
Super Bowl Prop Bets: A Great Way to Have Fun With the Big Game
One of the best parts of the Super Bowl every year is looking at the silly things that you can bet on leading up to the big game. This year is no different.
Here we count down 25 silly things that people are able to bet on this year.
From the color of the Gatorade to the length of the National Anthem, we cover them all here and give you our picks for each of them.
Read on and let us know what you think. Are you putting your dough on any of these props?
25. Will There Be a Score in the First 6 Minutes and 30 Seconds
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Bet: Will there be a score in the first 6 min 30 seconds of the first quarter?
Pick: I am taking No in this one for even money. While it may seem like a no-brainer that there would be a score in the first six minutes and 30 seconds of the game, Super Bowls have a tendency to start slowly.
Each team will have a feeling out drive or so before the scoring starts, and I think that feeling out phase lasts at least six minutes and 30 seconds.
24. Will Aaron Rodgers Have More Yards Than Brett Favre From Super Bowl XXXI?
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Bet: Historical Matchup - Total Passing Yards, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV -29 1/2 (-135)
Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI 246 yards +29 1/2 (+105)
Pick: There are a bunch of these historical matchup props and all of them are a little interesting.
If you are going over with this one Rodgers has to throw for 276 yards or more. I am putting my money on Rodgers here. The Steelers' secondary is not good enough to keep his numbers down.
23. Will Aaron Rodgers Have More TDs Than Brett Favre From Super Bowl XXXI?
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Bet: Historical Matchup - Total TD Passes, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV (Even)
Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI 2 TD Passes (-130)
Pick: I am going with Rodgers here again. I like the money line for him more than Favre's. I also think that Rodgers has a great chance of having a huge game.
Rodgers would need three touchdowns to win this bet, but I think that is a safe one.
22. Will Rogers Have a Higher Completion Percentage Than Favre?
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Bet: Historical Matchup - Completion Percentage, which will be higher?
Aaron Rodgers Super Bowl XLV -11.5% (-115)
Brett Favre Super Bowl XXXI (51.8%) +11.5% (-115)
Pick: So for Rodgers to win this one he would need to complete 63.3 percent of his passes. That number may seem high, but Rodgers was under that completion percentage just six times in the regular season and playoffs.
I am taking Rodgers yet again here. The Steelers' defensive weakness is their secondary and I think Rodgers exploits that.
21. Will Ben Roethlisberger Have More Yards Than in Super Bowl XL?
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Bets: Historical Matchup - Total Passing yards, which will be higher?
Ben Roethlisberger XLV -115.5 yards (-120)
Ben Roethlisberger XL (123 yards) +115.5 (-110)
Picks: Ben Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings, but is yet to actually have a good game during a Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XL (his first) he had just 123 yards passing yet somehow managed a win.
If you pick Roethlisberger for this year he would need to throw for 239 yards. Not that tough of a number. I think the smart money is on Roethlisberger this year.
20. Will Ben Roethlisberger Have More Yards Thank in Super Bowl XLIII?
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Bet: Historical Matchup - Total Passing yards, which will be higher?
Ben Roethlisberger XLV +15 1/2 (-115)
Ben Roethlisberger XLVIII (256 yards) -15 1/2 (-115)
Pick: This one actually gives some leeway to this year's version of Roethlisberger. He needs just 240 yards to win the bet. So when you look at the two Roethlisberger historical bets, if you feel confident with one, then you might as well put money on it twice.
Luckily this is the last Historical Matchup bet, but there are some interesting possibilities.
19. What Will The First Turnover Be?
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Bet: The First Turnover of the Game will be?
No Turnover In Game (+800)
Pick: These two teams played last year in week 15 in a high-scoring classic—the interesting thing from the game was the fact that there was no turnovers in the game.
While it would be incredible if no turnovers happened again, that is what I would put money on. The money line looks really good and the fact that these teams are good at holding onto the ball makes it feel like a good bet.
18. Which Direction Will The First Missed Field Goal Go?
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Bet: The first Missed Field goal of the game will be?
Wide left (-120)
Wide right (+110)
Short or blocked (+1000)
Pick: That short or blocked money line looks pretty great. While I understand that most field goals are missed to the left, I would put money on short or blocked.
Both teams have decent enough kickers that a missed field goal may seem unlikely, but if I had to put money on it, that is where I would put it.
17. Will Aaron Rodgers Have More Completions Than Dwyane Wade Has Points?
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Bet: What will be higher on February 6th 2011?
Aaron Rodgers Completions +1 (-105)
Dwyane Wade Points -1 (-125)
Pick: Aaron Rodgers has averaged just over 21 completions per game this year not counting the games missed due to injury. Dwyane Wade is averaging over 25 points per game and on Super Sunday his Heat take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
I think Wade could go for 40 points. No matter how good a game Rodgers has I think Wade has more points than Rodgers' completions.
16. Which Percent Will Be Higher Rodger's Completions Or Dwight Howard's FTs?
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Bet: What will be higher on February 6th 2011?
Aaron Rogers Completion Percentage -6% (-115)
Dwight Howard Free Throw Percentage +6% (-115)
Pick: Howard and the Magic head to Boston to take on the Celtics Sunday. I think Howard will head to the line quite a few times and that usually doesn't mean success for Orlando's big man. He had a season free throw percentage of just 58%.
I think Rodgers is the pick here. He will complete a higher percentage of passes than Howard makes free throws.
15. Will The Dow Go Up Or Down on Monday?
Bet: What will happen with the Dow Jones the day after the Super Bowl?
Market up (-140)
Market down (even)
Pick: I am not a stock broker and I don't pretend to know what is going on with the stock market, but for some reason you are able to bet on what the market will do the day after the Super Bowl.
Just because I am generally a positive person I will say the market goes up.
14. Which Brand Will the Highest Rated Commercial Be For?
Bet: Which Super Bowl commercial will have a higher rating on USA Today's annual Ad Meter?
Bud light (11/4)
Pepsi Max (6/1)
Pick: I would put my money on either Bud light or Doritos. They both seem to really step up their game during Super Bowl commercials.
Honestly though, how is it that someone can bet on something like this? Have to love Super Bowl time.
13. How Many Times Will the Lockout Be Mentioned?
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Bet: How Many Times will FOX mention “Lockout” on TV during the Game?
Over 1 1/2 (-130)
Under 1 1/2 (-110)
Pick: Take the over. Good lord take the over.
This could possibly be the last NFL football game for quite a long time. That is going to be huge news, and I fully expect the suits at Fox to beat this one into the ground.
12. Will Offense or Defense Be the Ones To Dump the Gatorade?
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Bet: What side of the ball will the players that perform the Gatorade Shower be from?
Pick: This one is a coin flip, or at least that's how it feels. Vegas apparently thinks that defensive players are more likely to be the ones to dump the Gatorade, but I am going against the grain.
I would put my money on offensive players giving the Gatorade dump. I can't really say why I think that; I just do.
11. Will B.J. Raji Be on the Field for an Offensive Play?
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Bet: Will B.J.Raji be on the field for at least one offensive play?
Pick: B.J. Raji has gone in on offense a few times for the Packers this season—mostly on goal line packages.
While I am inclined to say Raji will make an appearance on offense, I would put my money on no. Simply from the standpoint that the money is better and who's to say that the Packers will be in a goal line situation?
10. What Will Fergie Be Wearing at Halftime?
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Bet: What will Fergie be wearing when she first appears on stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
Pants below knees (5/4)
Shorts above knees (5/2)
Thong/G-string/Bikini Bottoms (10/1)
Pick: First off, what is to keep Fergie from putting a ton of money on one of these options and absolutely cleaning up in Vegas? I consider myself an honest man, but that is what I would do.
I would put money on Thong/G-String/Bikini Bottoms because that is what I am hoping for, and it is the only option with good odds.
9. Will a Steeler Player Do Aaron Rodger's Belt Celebration?
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Bet: Will a Steelers player do the Aaron Rodgers Championship Belt Celebration during the game?
Pick: If you haven't seen Rodgers do his Championship Belt Celebration, basically he is pretending to put on a wrestling championship belt. He usually does it when he runs in a touchdown.
I think this one is a definite yes. I think the Steelers defense is littered with the types of guys to emulate the celebration if they make a big play.
8. Which Gal Pal Will Fox Show First?
Bet: Who will FOX show first on TV during the game?
Aaron Rodgers’ Girlfriend Jessica Szohr (-140)
Ben Roethlisberger’s Fiancee Ashley Harlan (even)
Pick: Szohr seems like the easy pick here. She is a television star, and in my opinion, the better eye candy.
However, if the Steelers are doing well early and give the commentators a chance to talk about Big Ben's past, that would open the door for Harlan.
Still, my money is on Szohr.
7. Who Will the Super Bowl MVP Thank First?
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Bet: Who will the Super Bowl MVP of the Game thank first?
Doesn't Thank Anyone (5/2)
Pick: This one is tough because depending on who wins the award, it could dictate who gets thanked first. However, that being said I think the pick here is God.
The odds aren't great, but I can imagine hearing, "First off, I just want to thank God."
6. How Many Times Will Jerry Jones Be Shown?
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Bet: How Many Times will FOX show Jerry Jones on TV during the Game?
Over 2 1/2 (-140)
Under 2 1/2 (even)
Pick: This is another one that seems like a no brainer. The game will be played in the famed house that Jerry built, and it seems like Fox would go over easily.
However, I am going against conventional wisdom and saying under. Something just tells me that it will go under.
5. How Many Times Will Brett Favre Be Mentioned?
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Bet: How Many Times will FOX mention “Brett Favre” on TV during the Game?
Over 2 1/2 (-200)
Under 2 1/2 (+150)
Pick: This is another one that seems like it would be an easy over, but the bet says that the commentators must say "Brett Favre" exactly. For that reason alone, I am taking the under.
Now, I could also see this one skyrocketing if Aaron Rodgers has a huge game.
4. How Long Will Christina Aguilera Hold
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Bet: How long will Christina Aguilera hold the note “Brave” at the end of the National Anthem?
Over six seconds (-140)
Under six seconds (even)
Pick: Upon further research, Aguilera has been known to hold the note on brave anywhere from five to seven seconds. I guess I was foolish to think Vegas would give betters a little edge.
Even so, I would take the over. It isn't every day you get to sing the National Anthem in front of the entire world. I think she will milk it.
3. Will the Steelers Win, Penguins Beat the Caps and Pirates Win Opening Day?
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Bet: Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl, Pittsburgh Penguins beat Washington Capitals (2/6/11) and Pittsburgh Pirates win on MLB Opening Day (4/1/11)?
Pick: Now the only choice on this bet is yes right now, but I have to say I love this bet. It brings all Pittsburgh sports fans together. The only thing that would have made it better is to include the University of Pittsburgh.
That being said, I would put money on this because I like those odds. If I put down $100 and win, I get $900 back. Sounds good to me.
2. Will The Steelers Win the Super Bowl and Penguins Win the Stanley Cup?
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Bet: Will the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl and Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 2011?
Pick: I like this one too. Now, I don't know a ton about hockey, but I do know the Penguins are always a threat to win the cup.
The odds make this one attractive so why not?
1. What Color Will the Gatorade Bath Be?
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Bet: What Color will the Gatorade be that is dumped on the head coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team?
Lime green (6/1)
Pick: This is always a great one. I always get excited to see which color comes pouring out of those orange Gatorade coolers. However, the last two Super Bowls the Gatorade was yellow.
If I were putting money on this, I would put it on red.