From Coin Toss To Gatorade Bath, Super Bowl Prop Bets Abound On Scoreboard

Posted on February 5, 2021 - Last Updated on February 8, 2021

One of the many things that makes Super Bowl betting unique is the sheer volume of wagering options.

The prop market has exploded in recent years, ranging from the typical player props offered each week to the more specific and out-of-the-ordinary offerings that populate Super Bowl Sunday.

The Oregon Lottery Scoreboard sports betting app is no different.

It’s more than just betting on whether the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV or vice versa. It’s all the betting intricacies therein.

From over/under totals on passing yards for each quarterback to far -less predictable and more fun prop markets, Scoreboard has you covered.

Popular Super Bowl prop starts at the coin toss

So much depends on the coin toss. And not just the choice to receive or defer.

The most classic Super Bowl prop bet, and a way for casual and serious bettors alike to get some fun and early action, the coin toss is by its very nature a 50-50 proposition.

But that doesn’t mean its history is ignored.

Since Super Bowl I, the flip has landed on tails 29 times and heads 25 times. Not a huge edge, but enough to make tails the consistent favorite for coin-flip bettors.

Tails has been even more successful in recent years, representing the winning toss in six out of the last seven Super Bowls. Take that for what it’s worth.

Scoreboard, meanwhile, is consistent on its coin toss odds:

  • Coin toss result: Heads -105, Tails -105
  • Team to win coin toss: Kansas City -105, Tampa Bay -105
  • Correct coin toss called: Yes -105, No -105

Color of Super Bowl-winning Gatorade bath will be…

Gatorade loves the free advertising it gets on Super Bowl Sunday. And now it has the betting world to thank.

Where the coin toss has become the favored way to start the day’s betting, the Gatorade shower has grown into the most popular way to end it.

Gatorade dumps have been around since the mid-1980s. The company has long been a closely watched element of the Super Bowl, especially if the game is decided early. Television cameras home in on players lugging a cooler toward an unsuspecting head coach.

That anticipation comes with some financial ramifications and handicapping fun.

With the Chiefs favored to repeat as Super Bowl champions, the batch taken by head coach Andy Reid in February 2020 has gone under the microscope.

Reid, more famously aligned with red Kool-Aid, enjoyed an orange Gatorade shower that day. So it’s no surprise that same color has emerged as the betting favorite to repeat in 2021.

Orange, poured over coaching heads five times since Super Bowl XLIV,  has carved out a place as the most likely option. Although blue (twice) and no dump (twice) are not uncommon.

That makes blue’s underdog status a bit of a surprise, especially considering its two showings happened to Tom Brady’s head coach in New England, Bill Belichick.

Here are the odds on Scoreboard:

  • Orange: +125
  • No Liquid Poured: +275
  • Red/Pink: +350
  • Clear/Water: +500
  • Yellow: +550
  • Green: +550
  • Purple: +750
  • Blue: +800

Are safeties a safe Super Bowl bet?

With Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady and Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes at the helm of each offensive possession, a safety in Super Bowl LV seems almost unthinkable.

But don’t forget: it’s happened to Brady before, along with another all-time great.

Each year, the big game attracts something from bizzarro world. And a safety, paying +800 at Scoreboard, isn’t a terrible bet.

As recently as 2012-2014, a safety was scored in three straight Super Bowls:

  • Super Bowl XLVI: Brady, then with New England, is called for intentional grounding in his own end zone
  • Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore punter Sam Koch runs out of the back of his own team’s end zone to waste time
  • Super Bowl XLVIII: On the first play, the snap goes over the head of QB Peyton Manning and recovered by Denver in its end zone

Overall, nine safeties have occurred in Super Bowl history, nearly one every six games. Four, though, have come since 2009.

Other Super Bowl props at Scoreboard

Nothing is more fun than watching a lineman score a touchdown, whether it’s an awkward goal-line catch or a rumblin’-stumblin’-bumblin’ fumble return.

The most famous such score, of course, came courtesy of Chicago Bears DT William “Refrigerator” Perry, who barreled over Patriots linebacker Larry McGrew on a 1-yard touchdown run in Super Bowl XX. No doubt, one of the most memorable Super Bowl moments ever.

Perry’s touchdown even had a connection to the betting world.

Rumors swirled that Bears coach Mike Ditka had money on Perry to score. It was Ditka’s own comments, in fact, that created unprecedented line movement on the Perry prop, which rose to 75-1 before landing at 2-1 on game day.

Scoreboard, meanwhile, doesn’t expect a Fridge repeat, offering +1000 on an offensive or defensive lineman to score a touchdown Sunday.

Here are some other interesting props offered on the betting app:

  • Defensive or special teams score: Yes +235; No -300
  • Largest lead of the game (16.5): Over -115; Under -110
  • An onside kick to happen: Yes +220; No -270
  • Game to be tied after 0-0: Yes -130; No +100
  • Any QB to throw for 500 yards: Yes +1400; No -10000
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