Super Bowl idle time often
impacts matchup quality

Jan 23, 2007 2:24 AM

Much will be written about the Super Bowl in the 14 laborious days between the league championship games and the ultimate prize.

It’s a legitimate question to ask whether sports biggest event is worth the wait. Check above to see all the double-digit results. And, remember it was only a few weeks ago that Florida posted a one-sided victory over Ohio State in the BCS Title matchup. To blame the loss on Ohio State’s 50-day layoff would sound like sour grapes, but not untrue.

For some reason, the two best teams don’t play like that. Of the past 40 Super Bowls, 27 have seen a winning margin of at least 10 points. Eleven times (or 27.5 percent) the outcome was 20 points or more. Miami makes the 40th straight time a host city has failed to place its team in the Super Bowl. All the Dolphins can claim is hiring Cam Cameron as their new coach.

Back to the layoff again. Obviously teams and coaches handle the time off differently. Some have looked flat, others inspired. For an event that boasts 80 percent of the total betting handle Las Vegas sports books rake in over an entire season, the games rarely live up to the anticipation. But here it doesn’t really matter so long as you are on the right side or total.

You may have noticed the inaugural Super Bowl between Green Bay and Kansas City did not have a line. No doubt, Green Bay would have been a double-digit favorite.

Today, bettors could see more than 300 different prop bets. Many things can happen in 14 days. Just remember those routs.