In football betting, gamblers can choose to bet the over/under total points spread in a game. The over/under for each football game is usually set by the sports books in Las Vegas. To bet the over/under, gamblers simply choose if they think the total points scored in a football game will be above or below the official over/under line.
For example, if the over/under for a game is 50 points, a gambler can choose to bet over 50, or under 50. If the final score in the football game is 28-21, then gamblers who bet under 50 would win, while those betting over 50 would lose.
If the final score in the game is 28-24, then gamblers betting the over would win, and those betting under would lose. If the final score in the game is 28-22, then the bet would be a push.
The over/under is a simple bet, and usually a lot of fun. Instead of rooting for one team, bettors wagering on the over/under are really rooting for both teams to either score a lot points for the over, or for the teams to struggle scoring for the under.
Are most Super Bowls over or under the total points spread?
By a margin of just one game, 23 to 22, there have been more Super Bowls that were under the total points spread than over. There was no over/under line established for the first Super Bowl, which is why only 45 games (23 to 22) are listed.
- Average score in 46 previous Super Bowls – 46 points
The average score of all the previous Super Bowls is 30-16. So the average total points scored in the previous Super Bowls is 46.
- Average over/under total points spread for a Super Bowl – 43.5 points
The average over/under for the previous 45 Super Bowls (no line in Super Bowl I) was 43.5 points.
- Lowest total over/under point spread for a Super Bowl – 33 points
For three years in a row, from 1973 to 1975, the total points spreads in the Super Bowl were 33 points. Those were the lowest total point spreads for any Super Bowl. In all three years, Super Bowls VII, VIII, IX, the total scores in the games failed to surpass 33 points. So all three games were under the total points spread.
- Highest total over/under points spread for a Super Bowl – 56.5
The highest total points spread for a Super Bowl occurred in 2010 for Super Bowl XLIV, when the over/under was 56.5 points. That Super Bowl featured the New Orleans Saints vs the Indianapolis Colts. The Saints won the game, 31-17, so those betting the under won.
- Lowest total score in a Super Bowl – 21 points
Super Bowl VII in 1973 saw the Miami Dolphins complete a perfect season by beating the Washington Redskins by a score of 14-7. The 21 total points are the lowest ever for a Super Bowl. The over/under was 33, so obviously those betting the under won.
- Highest total score in a Super Bowl – 75 points
The most combined points ever scored in a Super Bowl is 75 points, which occurred in Super Bowl XXIX, when the San Francisco 49ers clobbered the San Diego Chargers by a score of 49-26.
- Super Bowl with most points under the total points spread – 23 points
In 2008, in Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, the total points spread was 54. The Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, so only 31 points were scored, which was a Super Bowl record 23 points below the total points spread.
- Super Bowl with most points over the total points spread – 29 points
In Super Bowl XIII in 1979, the total points spread was 37. The Pittsburgh Steelers ended up beating the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 35-31, for a total of 66 points. So the total points spread was surpassed by a record 29 points.
Total points spread in Super Bowl XLVII is 47.5 points
The over/under for Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers is 47.5 points. The game is being played in the SuperDome in New Orleans, so weather will not be a factor. Will the final score of the game be over or under 47.5 points?
The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII, so the total points scored in the game was 65. That was well over the 47.5 total points spread for the game, so those betting the over won the over/under bet.
After 47 Super Bowls, 23 games have been over the total points spread, and 23 games have been under the total points spread. There was no over/under betting line in Super Bowl I.