Yes, You Can Bet On Former Hawkeyes In The Super Bowl

Written By Russ Mitchell on February 7, 2021
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Four Hawkeyes will take the field when Super Bowl LV kicks off Sunday in Tampa.

Iowa fans can tailor their wagers to show some school spirit. To varying degrees, Iowa sportsbooks offer individual player props that are part of the action on Super Bowl Sunday.

According to projections by PlayUSA, US bettors will place more than $500 million in bets on Super Bowl 55 this year. Sunday’s match-up features Anthony Hitchens and Ben Niemann of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tristan Wirfs and Anthony Nelson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CBS and ESPN DEPORTES have the game this year. Sunday’s kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. CST at Raymond James Stadium.

Super Bowl 55 odds

Every online sportsbook in Iowa has live odds on the big game:


Betting on Tampa Bay

Outside linebacker Anthony Nelson played in 16 games for the Buccaneers. He registered 18 tackles, including 11 solo tackles, a sack and one pass defended. At +25000, Nelson technically has a chance to be Super Bowl MVP, according to DraftKings.

Other prop bets are a little more realistic. The sportsbook gives Nelson a +3000 line to collect the first sack in the big game. His line is +1800 to be the first Buccaneer with a sack.

Rookie Tristan Wirfs may be the best Hawkeye among Iowa’s Super Bowl delegation, but his role as the key blocker for Tom Brady‘s blindside keeps the left tackle out of the MVP talk in sportsbooks.

Offensive linemen, including a standout like Wirfs, have a +15000 line to be named MVP. DraftKings says placekickers and punters have better odds.

Wirfs started all 16 games and Tampa Bay’s three playoff games. The Buccaneers were fourth in the NFL for allowing the fewest sacks.

Betting on Kansas City

Anthony Hitchens should be a consistent presence in Super Bowl LV. He played in 14 games and registered 76 tackles for the Chiefs, including 42 solo stops during the season.

DraftKings has a +15000 line if the linebacker is named Super Bowl MVP. The number is +10000 at William Hill Sportsbook.

Hitchens has most props bets available

Three sportsbooks set Hitchens’ tackles and assists at 5.5:

  • DraftKings: Over -134, Under +108
  • BetMGM: Over -155, Under +125
  • PointsBet: Over -130 Under +100

William Hill set the tackles line for Hitchens at 6.5 (Over: +120, Under: -150).

BetMGM offers +2500 to betters who think Hitchens gets an interception in the game. The line is +8000 if the linebacker gets the first interception compared to +2000 if he gets the last interception of the game.

At DraftKings, the moneyline bet is:

  • Yes: +1600
  • No: -10000

It’s +3300 if he gets the first interception by either Super Bowl participant. The sportsbook has a +1600 prop if Hitchens registers Kansas City’s first sack and a +4,000 line if Hitchens gets the first sack of the big game.

BetMGM has a moneyline of +1200 if the Iowa alum forces or recovers a fumble in the game.

Iowa well-represented in Super Bowl

Fellow defender Ben Niemann played in 15 games for the Chiefs. He has 43 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble on the season.

The moneyline is +3300 if he gets the first interception of the game. The line is  Yes +1,600, No -10,000 for a Niemann interception at any point in the game.

Bettors have a +5000 line if he gets the first sack of the game and +2000 for Kansas City’s first sack.

LSU leads all universities with six players on the big game rosters. Iowa’s four Super Bowl participants ties the Hawkeyes with Clemson and Michigan for the second-highest total.

Iowa State would have Super Bowl representation too, but Chiefs left guard Kelechi Osemele tore tendons in both knees in Week 5. Kansas City placed the former Cyclone on injured reserve and left him off Kansas City’s Super Bowl roster.

Photo by Andrew Harnik / AP
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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