Super Bowl totals, or over/under betting, is one of the easiest and most popular types of bets you can make on a Super Bowl game.
The odds maker at the sportsbook sets a total number of points they believe will be scored by both teams combined. You have to look at this number, do some research and decide if you think both teams will collectively score more or less than the number of points the odds maker selected.
What is the Super Bowl total this year?
For Super Bowl 55, the Chiefs and Bucs each boast a high-powered offense. Both teams also boast solid defenses but the number was sitting around 56.5 as of late January. The Super Bowl 54 total was set at 53.5. A year earlier, the total was sky-high 58, but the Patriots defense was terrific and the Rams offense was terrible and UNDER bettors cashed tickets in a 13-3 final.
With Patrick Mahomes firing away, there is a risk that scoring could skyrocket. One sportsbook offered a line on whether the game would be the highest-scoring Super Bowl in history (76 points).
Super Bowl totals explained
For example, if the Super Bowl total was 42 points, and the result of the game was 24-10, which would end up being 34 points total, it doesn’t matter who won, just that those combined points match what you chose for your over or under bet.
If you took the under in this case, you would have won. If you bet the OVER, you would have lost. You have a 50/50 chance of winning, so it’s fairly simple.
Totals betting is fairly simple in the regular season as well, as some teams don’t score many points, so you can gauge scoring patterns. But the Super Bowl is usually a matchup between the top two teams in the league, and teams pull out all the stops to try to win, which makes it unpredictable.
Regardless, it is one of the Super Bowl wagers most fans make on Super Sunday, as bettors like to have action on more than just the point spread.