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Oregon Prop Bets In The Super Bowl

Four former Oregon Ducks are likely to get on the field during the Super Bowl this year. Who will have the biggest influence on the outcome of the game is in question, but judging by Vegas bets, LaMichael James is going to be the one.

Personally, I think Haloti Ngata will, but it’s harder to make prop bets for defensive tackles than it is for running backs.

The other two Ducks suiting up will be Ravens tight end Ed Dickson and 49ers defensive tackle/fullback Will Tukuafu. (Dennis Dixon is also on the Ravens’ practice squad.)

With that in mind, I scoured the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Superbook to see all the possible bets listed with the former Ducks involved. (Sorry Beaver fans, there are no OSU alums playing in the Super Bowl this year… but that doesn’t mean you’re fully out of the betting action. Read on.)

Here are all the different prop bets I found featuring any of the four Ducks expected to play. (I’m not encouraging gambling. But if you and your friends find yourself having discussions about the game and maybe trying to figure out who should eat more shrimps, this is a good way to solve such a dispute.)

Ed Dickson’s first reception will be (If he has no reception attempt, under wins): Over 5.5 yards (-110); under 5.5 yards (-110)

LaMichael James’s first rushing attempt will be (If he has no rushing attempt, under wins): Over 3.5 yards (even); under 3.5 yards (-120)

LaMichael James’s first reception will be (If he has no reception attempt, under wins): Over 5.5 yards (+110); under 5.5 yards (-130)

Best bet in this section: Over on Dickson’s first catch. You’d have to bet $110 to win $100, but it’s the safest bet of the bunch. Dickson’s first catch of the game will probably come on a third down and he’ll get enough to pick up the first.

The next group of bets all involve only James.

 

Totatl rushing yards: Over 26.5 (-110); under 26.5 (-110)

Longest rush: Over 11.5 (+110); under 11.5 (-130)

Total rushing attempts: Over 5.0 (-110); under 5.0 (-110)

Will LaMichael James score a touchdown: Yes (+360); No (-430)

Total receiving yards: Over 8.5 (+140); Under 8.5 (-160)

Longest reception: Over 5.5 (-110); under 5.5 (-110)

Total receptions: Over 1.0 (+125); under 1.0 (-145)

 

There are two good over bets to take in this section. Take James to go over one reception and to finish with nine or more receiving yards. These are not only safe bets; they have good payouts as well.

The next list is a “Who will do better?” list involving Ravens and James.

 

Who will have more rushing yards: Bernard Pierce -4.5 (-110) or LaMichael James +4.5 (-110)

Who will have more receiving yards: Ray Rice -16.5 (-110) or LaMichael James +16.5 (-110)

Who will have more receiving yards: Jacoby Jones -10.5 (-110) or LaMichael James +10.5 (-110)

Who will score a touchdown first: Bernard Pierce (even) or LaMichael James (-120)

 

Taking a Raven with either receiving bet would be a good choice – barring injury it’s all but certain Ray Rice will have at least 16.5 more receiving yards than James, same goes for Jacoby Jones at 10.5 – but Bernard Pierce rushing for five more yards than LaMichael James looks like the best bet of this bunch. The Ravens have incorporated him into the game plan quite a bit and aren’t afraid to feed him the rock repeatedly. Expect him to have more than five more yards than James.

Oregon State fans – it is time to rejoice. In the ridiculous cross-sports betting, the Beavers basketball team makes an appearance. On the following bets, Super Bowl situations are wagered against outcomes in the Oregon State-Stanford basketball game that day.

 

Who will have more: Oregon State + Stanford total points +13.5 (-110); 49ers total rushing yards -13.5 (-110)

Who will have more: Stanford points +1.5 (-110); Michael Crabtree receiving yards -1.5 (-110)

Who will have more: Panthers + Sabres total goals (-110); LaMichael James rushing attempts (-110)

 

This is a tough group to decide on. Because hockey is boring, I’d take James with more rushing attempts than combined goals in the NHL game.

Next we have a list of odds for who will score the first touchdown of the Super Bowl, as well as who will score the last TD. Dickson and James are both included.

 

Who will score the first TD?

Ray Rice 9:1

Torrey Smith 9:1

Anquan Boldin 9:1

Dennis Pitta 9:1

Bernard Pierce 18:1

Jacoby Jones 18:1

Vonta Leach 30:1

Ed Dickson 50:1

Joe Flacco 30:1

Frank Gore 7:1

Michael Crabtree 6:1

Vernon Davis 10:1

Randy Moss 15:1

Delanie Walker 15:1

LaMichael James 15:1

Bruce Miller 75:1

Ted Ginn Jr. 60:1

Colin Kaepernick 10:1

All others 6:1

No TD scored 200:1

 

Who will score the last TD?


Ray Rice 8:1

Torrey Smith 8:1

Anquan Boldin 8:1

Dennis Pitta 8:1

Bernard Pierce 15:1

Jacoby Jones 12:1

Vonta Leach 30:1

Ed Dickson 30:1

Joe Flacco 30:1

Frank Gore 8:1

Michael Crabtree 7:1

Vernon Davis 10:1

Randy Moss 18:1

Delanie Walker 15:1

LaMichael James 15:1

Bruce Miller 60:1

Ted Ginn Jr. 50:1

Colin Kaepernick 10:1

All others 7:1

No touchdown scored 200:1

 

It’s interesting to me Vegas feels more confident that Ed Dickson will score the last touchdown of the game instead of the first TD of the game. Picking James at decent odds is an OK pick for the first score of the game, but at 10:1 Colin Kaepernick is an appealing bet. The last score of the game is an absolute toss-up. Randy Moss looks good at 18:1, considering he’ll have some veteran tricks up his sleeve and could be a guy Kaepernick looks to down the stretch.

Kyle Boggs is on Twitter. Follow him at @KyleKBoggs

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