All Eyes On Former LSU Players In Super Bowl LVI, Plus Betting Odds

Posted on February 12, 2022

A record 31.4 million American’s are expected to gamble on Super Bowl LVI, according to research and data provided this week by the American Gaming Association. And two of the game’s brightest stars will be among the most popular players to bet on for Sunday’s Big Game.

Former LSU stars and national champions QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja’Marr Chase are taking significant betting action in the prop bets market. Are the second-year star quarterback and 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year ready to be world champions?

The Los Angeles Rams are favored over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The point spread varies at the leading sportsbooks in Louisiana with BetMGM showing the Rams a -4.5 point favorite, FanDuel and DraftKings -4 and Caesars moving the Rams down to -3.5 on Thursday.

Matt Cosgriff, Director of Trading, BetMGM said:

“Driven by the expansion of legalized sports betting, this will be the most bet on Super Bowl. More bettors than ever now have the opportunity to wager on the big game and we’re already seeing record action at BetMGM.”  

Former LSU players in Super Bowl LVI

Tyler Shelvin

While Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase make headlines being recent LSU national champions who have made it to pro football’s biggest stage, fans in Louisiana can also watch former LSU player DT Tyler Shelvin try to help bring the Bengals a Super Bowl victory. Tyler Shelvin was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2020.

Many LSU fans remember Shelvin carrying Burrow on his shoulders following LSU’s national championship win in 2020.

Andrew Whitworth

For the Rams, OT Andrew Whitworth is still starting and going strong at age 40. The former freshman All-American started a near college record 52 games while also earning first-team SEC honors his junior and senior seasons.

As a sophomore in 2003, Whitworth and his LSU teammates went 13-1 and advanced to the 2004 BSC National Championship where they defeated Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans to win the national championship.

Andrew Whitworth was selected in the second round (55th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played until joining the Los Angeles Rams ahead of the 2017 season.

Whitworth is a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, and one of only two offensive linemen in NFL history to start in a win against all 32 teams in the league.

Odell Beckham

The Rams acquired former LSU standout, WR Odell Beckham during the 2021 season from the Cleveland Browns. Beckham has shined for the Rams, and he is also popular in the prop market.

The Baton Rouge native started the 2012 BCS National Championship Game in his first year playing at LSU – a forgettable 21-0 loss to Alabama.

Odell Beckham broke numerous NFL rookie receiving records on his way to becoming 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Beckham was the New York Giants first-round draft pick (12th overall), and he was a three-time Pro Bowler before joining the Browns in 2019.

He was released abruptly by the Browns in November 2021 and signed a 1-year contract with the Rams.

Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase

Burrow won the Heisman Trophy his senior season leading the Tigers to an undefeated 15-0 campaign. That includes a National Championship Game win over Clemson 42-25 as Burrow passed for 463 yards with six total touchdowns.

Five were passing and 2 TDs went to Ja’Marr Chase, who caught 9 passes for 221 yards. Burrow was named the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), and he finished his 2019 season with 60 passing touchdowns.

That broke the single-season FBS record while at the time earning the highest-ever passer rating in college football history.

Joe Burrow was the No. 1 overall NFL draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020, and Ja’Marr Chase was No. 6 overall in 2021.

Where to bet on Super Bowl LVI

Super Bowl LVI kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST and NBC carries the national TV broadcast. But fans can sit at home or watch the game at their favorite sports bar or location and bet on the game from their mobile device.

Mobile betting in Louisiana is live as of Jan. 28, 2022. The top sportsbook operators have you covered when betting on sports and Super Bowl LVI.

Check out the offers, promo codes and betting information from the leading sportsbooks in Louisiana:

Super Bowl’s biggest bet on Bengals

Last week, Gallery Furniture owner and retail chain operator from Houston, Jim McIngvale drove a short distance from Texas to Louisiana and made the biggest mobile bet in Super Bowl history. “Mattress Mack” is counting on Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase to lead the Bengals to more scores and a Super Bowl win.

Last week, McIngvale placed multiple moneyline bets at Caesars totaling $4.5 million on the Bengals to win the Super Bowl. Then, this week he placed another $5 million bet, for a combined total of $9.5 million.

At +170 odds, a Bengals victory will win “Mattress Mack” $16.2 million. He told ESPN:

“Well, I sold through the profit on the first investment. So I had to make another.”

Other notable bets reported by BetMGM include:

  • $200,000 on Bengals +4.5
  • $130,000 on Under 48.5
  • 50,000 to win $1,000,000 on Bengals to win Super Bowl (+2000)
  • $10,000 to win $120,000 on Rams to win Super Bowl (+1200)

BetMGM takes legal sports bets in 15 states plus the District of Columbia. The Bengals have taken 58% of the spread bets and 59% of the spread money (handle) as of Thursday at BetMGM.

And 74% of moneyline bets are on the Bengals to win the Super Bowl.

Popular Super Bowl prop bets on Burrow, Chase and Beckham

It’s expected that more than 85% of the bets on the Super Bowl will come in Saturday and Sunday before kickoff. Jason Scott, VP of Trading, BetMGM said:

“We are less than one week away from the Super Bowl, and early sharp action has been on the Rams and the under. As the game gets closer we expect the public will back the Bengals and the over.”

Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Odell Beckham are popular players in the proposition market (prop bets). You can follow their Super Bowl prop bets and numbers from BetMGM and see how the players performed.

BetMGM reports these prop bets as the ones that have taken the most money heading into the weekend:

  • Super Bowl MVP
  • First Touchdown
  • Anytime TD scorer

Joe Burrow odds and props

  • Super Bowl MVP (+210)
  • First Touchdown (+3000)
  • Anytime TD (+500)
  • Passing Yards: Over/Under 276.5
  • For Passing TDs: Over/Under 1.5 (over -150)
  • Passing Completions and Attempts: 24.5 and 36.5
  • Rushing Yards: Over/Under 11.5

Ja’Marr Chase odds and props

  • Super Bowl MVP (+1600)
  • First Touchdown (+800)
  • Anytime TD (+100)
  • Receiving Yards: Over/Under 80.5
  • Receptions: Over/Under 5.5 (over -155)
  • Longest Reception: Over/Under 27.5 yards

Odell Beckham odds and props

  • Super Bowl MVP (+2500)
  • First Touchdown (+1000)
  • Anytime TD (+120)
  • Receiving Yards: Over/Under 64.5
  • Receptions: Over/Under 5.5 (under -145)
  • Longest Reception: Over/Under 23.5 yards

BetMGM also reports that bettors in Louisiana heavily favor the Bengals on the moneyline (+165) to win Super Bowl LVI.

Photo by Jeff Dean / Associated Press
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