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Super Bowl Betting: All-Time Historical Stats


The only sports bettor on Forbes’ recent list of Gambling Gurus, RJ Bell of is providing eye-popping Super Bowl XLII information found nowhere else!

Las Vegas, Nevada (1/24/08) – As the single biggest one-day sports betting event of the year, the Super Bowl has a long and exciting betting history. RJ Bell of has researched his database and double-checked his numbers with renowned expert Marc Lawrence to provide trustworthy historical data.

The biggest point spread in Super Bowl history came in Super Bowl XXIX. San Francisco was favored by 19 points over the San Diego Chargers; the 49ers won that game 49-26.

The biggest underdog to ever win a Super Bowl was the New York Jets, famously upsetting the Baltimore Colts as a 17 point underdog in Super Bowl III.

There have been 9 favorites of -12 or more in Super Bowl history. (prior to New England this year). 6 of those favorites won the game, while a surprising 3 of the big underdogs pulled the upset.

Turning to data covering ALL playoff games from 1980 onward (the modern era of sports betting). There’s been exactly 20 games with a team favored by 12 points or more. The favorite has won the game 18 times, with the underdog only winning 2 times. The favorite has won the game against the spread 10 times, with 8 losses, and 2 ties. Games have gone “over” the total 8 times; under the total 12 times.

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