- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7
- A variety of special props are available for the National Anthem, the coin toss, and Amanda Gorman’s poem recitation
- Odds, analysis, and best bets discussed below
Super Bowl LV kicks off Sunday at 6:30pm ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Super Bowl LV offers NFL fanatics the chance to scarf down wings while rooting for their favorite GOAT. The annual showdown offers a variety of entertaining special props for avid or novice bettors. According to CNBC.com, half of Americans are betting on Sunday’s game.
It’s time for our beloved #SuperBowl tradition…
— The Tonight Show (@FallonTonight) February 6, 2021
Historically, special bets have focused on the National Anthem and the coin toss. Keeping the theme of unprecedented alive in 2021, the first-ever poetry recital in Super Bowl history will take place as part of this year’s opening festivities. Curious about which bets to place? Try the Jimmy Fallon method, or read on for a detailed analysis.
National Anthem Betting
Country crooner Eric Church and R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan have been bestowed the honors of singing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl.
— Eric Church (@ericchurch) February 2, 2021
The pair will be the second duet performance of the National Anthem in Super Bowl history. Each year, bettors attempt to predict the length of The Star-Spangled Banner performance. The over and under threshold this year is two minutes.
US National Anthem Length Odds
|How long will the US National Anthem be?||Odds|
|Under 2 minutes||-130|
|Over 2 minutes||-110|
Odds as of February 5, 2021
Neither artist has a consistent track record of performing the National Anthem at sporting events. While Sullivan has logged a performance at the NHL all-star game, Church has never performed the anthem. According to USA Today, Church said he never wanted to perform the national anthem, with one exception — the Super Bowl.
Will Sullivan and Church come in over or under? The average national anthem length at Super Bowl has been 1 minute and 55 seconds. What about past performances?
Super Bowl Anthem Times Last 5 Years
Only two of the last five national anthem performances exceeded the two-minute mark. Keep in mind for betting purposes, the national anthem ends the first time the performer(s) say the word “brave.” With a number of variables including how the anthem will be divvied up between Church and Sullivan, bet the under.
Pick: Under (-130)
Other US Anthem Odds
|Prop||Yes Odds||No Odds|
|Will Jazmine Sullivan or Eric Church forget/omit a word from the National Anthem?||+500||-900|
|Will Eric Church forget or omit a word from the National Anthem||+1000||-5000|
|Will Jazmine Sullivan forget or omit a word from the National Anthem||+1000||-5000|
|Any player kneel on sideline during anthem||+1200||-5000|
|Any player raise fist on sideline during anthem||+1200||-5000|
|Will any scoring drive take less time than it takes Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church to sing the National Anthem||-260||-175|
|If J. Biden in attendance-shown during anthem||-3000||+900|
Odds as of February 5, 2021
Church To Forget Or Omit Words
The Super Bowl National Anthem is a dedicated bettor’s paradise. The bets go far beyond the length of the anthem. Forgetting or omitting words can be embarrassing for the performer, but it makes for a good return for bettors. At Super Bowl 45, Christina Aguilera botched the National Anthem, earning bettors a nice little return.
Sullivan has performed the anthem before. It is unlikely she will forget the words. Instead, bet on her counterpart forgetting the words. In an interview with the Tennessean, Church called the anthem performance a 10 degree of difficulty off the high dive. Could this be why he has refused to perform it any other time? It sounds like Church could be the one fumbling through the performance, securing bettors a cool +1000 return.
Pick: Eric Church will forget or omit words (+1000)
Still not finding a wager you like involving the anthem? Take it to the head-to-head battle, where you can bet on whether the broadcast will show Super Bowl veteran Tom Brady or upstart superstar Patrick Mahomes first, among other wagers.
Head-to-Head Anthem Props
|Prop||Pick 1||Pick 2|
|Who will sing the most words of the anthem?||Jazmine Sullivan (-105)||Eric Church (-135)|
|Coach shown first during the anthem||Andy Reid (-130)||Bruce Arians (-110)|
|QB shown first during the anthem||Tom Brady (-130)||Patrick Mahomes (-110)|
|Player shown first during anthem||Travis Kelce (-130)||Rob Gronkowski (-110)|
|What will be shown first during anthem?||KC Player / Coaching Staff (-120)||Tampa Bay Player / Coaching Staff|
Coin Toss Betting
According to sportsbooks, the coin toss is the most popular prop bet. With a 50/50 shot, the coin toss seems to be pure luck, but let’s talk stats.
The Super Bowl matchup we ALL care about: Heads vs Tails.
Tails has won the Super Bowl coin toss 4 more times than heads 👀 pic.twitter.com/okWFHGnaDy
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 2, 2021
In the last 54 Super Bowls, the coin landed tails up 29 times or 53% of the time. Heads lags behind at 25 times or 47% of the time.
Super Bowl Coin Toss Odds
Just like the roulette table, there are hot streaks. Tails had a four-time streak three different times over Super Bowl history. Heads ran a streak of five in a row. In a 50/50 bet, stats point to tails bringing home the bacon.
Pick: Tails (-105)
Additional Coin Toss Props
|Prop||Pick 1||Pick 2|
|Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game?||Yes (-105)||No (-105)|
|Who will win the coin toss?||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-106)||Kansas City Chiefs (-106)|
|Buccaneers choice winning coin toss||Defer (-225)||Receive (+160)|
|Chiefs choice winning coin toss||Defer (-2500)||Receive (+900)|
Do coin toss winners also win the Super Bowl? No. Only 25 teams who have won the coin flip have also won the Super Bowl. Look at Super Bowl 54. While Kansas City lost the coin toss, they still won what mattered most: the Lombardi trophy.
Pick: Coin toss winner will not win the game (-105)
Amanda Gorman Poem Betting
Youth poet Amanda Gorman will recite the first ever poem at the Super Bowl.
Amanda Gorman will be showcasing a new poem at the Super Bowl LV pre-show next Sunday.https://t.co/f88ToLeNEc
— NPR (@NPR) January 29, 2021
There has been quite a bit of buzz around which word Gorman will say first.
Amanda Gorman First Word Odds
Three honorary game captains have been selected to participate in the Super Bowl ceremony. The three include a veteran, an educator, and an ICU nurse. It is highly plausible Gorman will use the word super to describe these three individuals.
Pick: Super (+225)
There’s more to the poem too, and with that, more wagers, including length of poem and what team name she drops first.
Gorman Poem Additional Prop Bets
|Who will Amanda Gorman Mention First During Poem||Odds|
|Said first during Amanda Gorman Poem||Odds|
|Length of Amanda Gorman Poem Recitation||Odds|
|Over 284.5 seconds||-120|
|Under 284.5 seconds||-120|
Happy betting this Sunday, and don’t forget to check out all of our betting stories before the big game!
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