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 53, the Rams and Patriots each boasted a high-powered offense. With lots of scoring expected, the Super Bowl total was set at 58, but had bet back a little lower with a few days left before kickoff. However, we all know how that game turned out – the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history with a 13-3 final and UNDER bettors laughing all the way to the payout window!
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.