Definitive Guide to Betting Props in Super Bowl LI

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Jan 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs on the field for the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs on the field for the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most enjoyable parts of watching the big game isn’t exactly what happens on the field, but everything surrounding it. There is no bigger spectacle in all of American sports than the Super Bowl. From the commercials to the half-time show to the national anthem, everything is produced with an A-list mentality.

Sportsbooks in both Las Vegas and offshore sites recognize this, so they attach virtually everything surrounding the game with a price. Prop bets. It’s one of the biggest staples in betting the Super Bowl, and it’s one of the reasons why the Super Bowl is, by-far, the most wagered on sporting event every year. This year will be no different, so here’s a definitive guide to get you through this year’s elaborate list of props.

Over/Under on the National Anthem: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Country star Luke Bryan will be performing the national anthem this year, so I fully expect this to go under. If Aretha Franklin was singing the National Anthem, I might consider the over, but its Luke Bryan. He’s not going to drag out every note like most singers do. Country singers simply don’t operate that way. It’s also worth noting that the last 11 performers of the national anthem have averaged a time of 1:58. Hammer the under.

Coin Toss?

There is nothing that will make you feel like more of a degenerate than betting on the opening coin toss and losing. It sets the tone for the entire night. If you lose, you’re not going to be in a great mood from the beginning. If you win, you’ll deem it the easiest money you’ve ever made and will probably end up bragging about it to your friends for the entirety of the broadcast. And no one likes that guy.

I have no reasonable advice to give for this prop. Truly a degenerate special. Proceed with caution.

Gatorade Shower: What color will it be?

This is one of my favorite props. Such a wide range of options. I like to usually side with the predominant color of that team’s uniform. So with New England, I’m assuming its going to be blue. And red for Atlanta.

It’s worth noting that orange has been used in four of the last seven years. That statistic baffles me because orange is undoubtedly one of the worst flavors of Gatorade. That’s not just a personal opinion, it’s science. Give me Glacier Freeze or give me death.

Will Lady Gaga mention President Trump? 

This line opened up at -140, which is much higher than I thought it would be. No pays even money.

Something tells me the boys in Vegas have an inside scoop on this. -140 is relatively steep given the context of the prop, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the bookmakers know something that we don’t. On the other end of the spectrum, the current political landscape is scorching hot with controversy right now, so that may have played a large factor in the creation of this line. Gaga has weighed in on politics several times in the past, and could see this as a prime opportunity to deliver a message to the entire country. Yup, I think I just talked myself into taking this.

How many times will Gaga change wardrobes?

It’s set at 2.0. LOVE the over. Gaga has a penchant for theatrics and there’s no chance in hell she doesn’t change at least twice. Worst comes to worst, you’ll push if she only changes twice, but I think the over is a pretty safe assumption here. Gaga is as dramatic as they come.

Who will President Trump pick to win? 

  • Patriots 1/10
  • Falcons 11/2

This might be the biggest mortal lock of the night. Trump is good friends with both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and if we know one thing about Trump, it’s that he trusts his inner circle more than anything else. I cannot see him picking against good friends here.

Total yardage of all touchdowns? 

  • 100.5

Given how dynamic both offenses are, the over seems like a safe play here. I could easily see either team breaking off a touchdown of 50 yards or more.

Will the Patriots convert a fourth-down attempt?

  • Yes: +135
  • No -155

It’s the Super Bowl, and Belichick isn’t afraid to play aggressive. There is no better quarterback across the NFL than Tom Brady at executing the QB sneak. When the Patriots run it, it’s as unstoppable in real life as it is in Madden. In what is expected to be a close game, I like Yes here.

Who will be named MVP?

  • Tom Brady (NE) 7/5
  • Matt Ryan (ATL) 5/2
  • Julio Jones (ATL) 9/1
  • LeGarrette Blount (NE) 16/1
  • Julian Edelman (NE) 16/1
  • Devonta Freeman (ATL) 16/1
  • Dion Lewis (NE) 16/1
  • Chris Hogan (NE) 25/1
  • Vic Beasley (ATL) 40/1
  • Tevin Coleman (ATL) 40/1
  • Martellus Bennett (NE) 50/1
  • Mohamed Sanu (ATL) 50/1
  • Matt Bryant (ATL) 66/1
  • Malcom Butler (NE) 66/1
  • Taylor Gabriel (ATL) 66/1
  • Stephen Gostkowski (NE) 66/1
  • Austin Hooper (ATL) 66/1
  • Logan Ryan (NE) 66/1
  • James White (NE) 66/1
  • Devin McCourty (NE) 75/1
  • Malcolm Mitchell (NE) 100/1
  • Danny Amendola (NE) 150/1
  • Patrick Chung (NE) 150/1
  • Dwight Freeney (ATL) 150/1
  • Dont’a Hightower (NE) 150/1
  • Deion Jones (ATL) 150/1
  • Chris Long (NE) 150/1
  • Keanu Neal (ATL) 150/1
  • Rob Ninkovich (NE) 100/1
  • Levine Toilolo (ATL) 150/1
  • Eric Weems (ATL) 150/1
  • Field 25/1

It seems like a safe assumption to go QB here. Out of 50 Super Bowls, a quarterback has been named MVP 27 times. And given how talented both of these quarterbacks are, it seems like an even safer assumption.

For a complete list of props being offered by various sportsbooks, click here.

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