Like most years, you can bet on just about anything related to Super Bowl 58 between the Chiefs and the 49ers. That includes traditional bets, game props, team props, player props, and, of course, the ever-popular niche market of “exotic” or “novelty” props.
Sharps view exotics as “crazy” props, but the casual betting community just views them as fun. What’s the fundamental difference between betting heads or tails on the Super Bowl coin toss and betting red or black at a casino’s roulette table? (You’re paying less of a vig here, at least.)
We have no shame in our game, as we love the niche bets. We cover every possible bet each year, and 2024 is no different. As always, we’ll advise you on the props related to the National Anthem, halftime show, and game broadcast. Right now, though, we’re diving even deeper into novelty bets like the coin toss, commercials, and the color of the Gatorade that will be poured over the head of the winning coach.
Let’s get right into the wild and crazy. Here are the biggest exotic props for Super Bowl 58 between the Chiefs and the 49ers, and how we recommend betting each prop.
Super Bowl National Anthem prop bet
What will be the length of the National Anthem?
- OVER 90.5 seconds
- UNDER 90.5 seconds
Perennially a popular prop for the Big Game, the National Anthem always has bettors taking out their iPhones and stopwatches to see if they hit or missed. Country legend Reba McEntire will sing this year’s version of the Star-Spangled Banner, one year after fellow country star Chris Stapleton bellowed it out in a whopping 119.5 seconds.
The OVER has now hit three years in a row, but we have reason to believe this year will buck that trend. McEntire has performed multiple National Anthems throughout her illustrious career, including a 78-second version at the 1985 National Finals Rodeo, a 66-second performance at the 1985 World Series in 1985, an 83-second rendition at the 1997 World Series, and a 90-second edition at a Cowboys game in 1999.
We’re going UNDER as McEntire has never been a showboater and she will more than likely refrain from taking artistic liberties with our nation’s song.
Super Bowl coin toss prop bets
All odds and insights are from BetMGM.
What will the coin toss land on?
Rarely do we see props open and close at the same odds, but such is usually the case with the coin toss, which is quite literally a coin toss! You’re paying -5 vig for a 50-50 chance to win money, but as the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”
Well, apparently the Romans preferred heads over tails, because our friends at BetMGM have alerted us that 54 percent of coin toss tickets and 55 percent of the handle are currently on “heads.” You know what that means, America — we’re going with “tails!”
Besides the fact that “tails never fails” (it’s not a fact at all), we like going against the grain and joining the minority on niche props. Plus, tails prevailed last year, and in six of the past 11 Super Bowls.
You can also bet on which team will win the coin toss and whether the team that calls the coin toss will be correct (-105 odds for all sides of those bets). Call it crazy, but the coin toss is annually one of the top 10 most heavily bet Super Bowl props. It’s as American as apple pie, Budweiser, and big motor bailouts.
Still can’t decide on which way to lean? Flip a coin.
Will the team that wins the coin toss win the game?
Teams that win the coin toss have gone 25-31 in Super Bowl history. Kansas City became the first team to win the toss and the game since the Seahawks in 2014, breaking an 0-7 streak that led many to believe the coin toss was cursed. It’s not, of course, but many will still point to the fact that teams winning the toss have lost eight of the past 12 Super Bowls.
Super Bowl Gatorade color prop bet
Color of liquid poured on the winning coach:
- Purple +275
- Orange +325
- Yellow/Green/Lime +375
- Blue +375
- Red/Pink +400
- Clear/Water +1100
- No Gatorade Bath +2000
Since 2001, the color of “liquid” poured on the winning coach has been: Orange (5), None (5), Clear (4), Yellow (3), Blue (3), Purple (2). Last year, the Chiefs shocked the (prop betting) world when they dumped purple drank all over head coach Andy Reid. Everyone expected yellow, red, or orange, and we got none of the above.
Now, purple is the favorite, but of course it isn’t the favorite of the betting community because we’re basically all conspiracy theorists who believe the same thing could never happen twice. Orange has seen a huge jump since odds opened, shortening from +550 to +325. A whopping 27 percent of bets are on orange to be the color.
“Clear” always seems like a popular pick, especially considering we’re getting +1100 odds on an outcome that has happened four times. It’s also worth noting that if the game is in question until the final seconds, we likely won’t get a Gatorade shower at all, making “no Gatorade shower/bath” a good dark-horse catch-all if you think the game will go down to the wire. (Side note: watch your verbiage, BetMGM — these coaches are having showers, not baths.)
We’re leaning toward red, as both teams have red in their uniforms and logos and it’s due for a resurgence. It’s also one of Taylor Swift’s favorite colors, for what it’s worth (although she might have changed her mind since releasing “Lavender Haze.”) The decent +400 odds attached to red make it the most appealing of the possibilities, in our opinion.
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Super Bowl MVP speech prop bets
Will the MVP mention Taylor Swift?
These odds, and the insights BetMGM has provided us, just prove that we’re all nuts. A whopping 93 percent of bettors for this prop have put money on “Yes,” clearly a correlation to the fact that Travis Kelce is the most heavily bet player to win Super Bowl MVP (+1300).
Never mind the fact that a tight end has never won Super Bowl MVP. Disregard the fact that Patrick Mahomes has won MVP in each of the Chiefs’ past two world championships. And poppycock to anyone who mentions that Taylor Swift didn’t thank Travis Kelce when she recently accepted Best Album at the Grammys. Get out of here with your facts.
We’re all about having fun, but this one is just preposterous. Fade this prop entirely. There’s no shot the MVP mentions Tay-Tay, and there’s no value in a -1600 prop.