Analyzing the Prop Bet (Or, What to Do If You Don't Care Who Wins the Super Bowl)

Kyle Corcoran's picture
 By | februari 02, 2018
februari 02, 2018

In the world of sports, there is no bigger day than Super Bowl Sunday.

Every year, on the first Sunday in February, more than one hundred million people gather around the TV to take in the five-hour spectacle. Whether you're a bona fide fan of the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots, a miserable Jets fan like me who will probably never see his team play in the big game, or someone who just wants to check out the new commercials, there is a good chance that on February 4, 2018, you will be watching.

Though the day centers on the big game, there is plenty to entertain everyone – from the star-studded halftime performance to the inspirational national anthem, must-see commercials, and the post-game celebration, and more.

Prop bets are another way people get involved in the big game, even if they aren't football experts or sports enthusiasts at all. Most of these prop bets let people predict the outcomes of events that occur during the game but have little or no effect on the game itself.

If you're thinking laying down a prop bet or two, having the right data and insight can help. We've analyzed the data from previous Super Bowls to enable you to make the most educated choices possible regarding for some of this year’s prop bets. You can use the data in the infographic below to simply impress your friends at the party, or make a prediction on what will occur.

Tweet This: Are you ready for #TheBigGame this Sunday? Check out @infobldrs' latest infographic to learn #WhatTheDataSays about the iconic coin toss and more:

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These are some of the questions we have going into the big day, and through our trusted data and analysis, we think we may know some of those answers but we will all find out this Sunday!

O Say Can You...predict whether Pink's rendition of the National Anthem goes over or under the two-minute predicted time?

Heads or Tails? Statistically you have a 50/50 chance of predicting the opening coin flip, but our results show that it’s come up "Tails" in the last four Super Bowls.

Make a predicting whether the winning coach gets bathed in Gatorade or water at the end of the game. And, if it is Gatorade, what color will it be?