Louisiana Sports Bettors Loving Bengals And Former Tigers In Super Bowl LVI

Written By Brant James on February 10, 2022
LSU and Bengals Sports Bettors Ready for Super Bowl LVI

It turns out that Louisiana sports bettors love their Bayou Bengals, even if they’re just Bengals now.

With the New Orleans Saints a non-qualifier for the NFL playoffs and already amid a messy offseason, the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals have become the wagering taste in a state where sports betting became legal in October.

The reason appears to be a simple one: Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

Burrow helmed LSU to its most recent national championship with the help of Chase, the newly minted NFL Rookie of the Year, in the 2019 season.

The pair was reunited in Cincinnati last spring as Burrow was rehabbing to return from a season-ending knee injury suffered as a rookie. Burrow, the No. 1 pick in 2020, and Chase, fifth-overall in 2021, now represent not only the AFC and the anyone-but-the-Rams crowd nationally, but the pride of a state.

“I’ve heard cool stories of people watching my game on cell phones in a basketball arena and nobody was really paying attention to the basketball game,” Burrow said during a virtual press conference on Monday.

“They were all watching the game on their cell phone and going crazy when we won. It means a lot to me the people in Baton Rouge are still supporting me the way they did when I played for them.”

Louisiana bettors are registering that support through mobile and retail sports bets. Or at least they think the Bengals (+4.5) will keep it close.

Los Angeles has its own high-profile ex-Tiger in Odell Beckham, Jr., but so far, he’s not eliciting the affection and action of his younger counterparts.

Louisiana sportsbooks noting high interest in Bengals’ LSU products

Here’s some betting data and LSU-related Super Bowl proposition bets popular in Louisiana so far this week:

BetRivers

Through Wednesday:

According to a company spokesperson: “Curiously, the Bengals are getting bet much heavier in Louisiana on the spread, but not the money line.”
Money line nationally – Bengals bets constitute 43.4% of handle and 53.4% of bets

Spread nationally – Bengals bets constitute 44.7% of handle and 57.5% of bets

Money line in Louisiana – Bengals bets constitute 34.3% of handle and 52.8% of bets

Spread in Louisiana – Bengals bets constitute 62.7% of handle and 68.5% of bets


Caesars

Through Wednesday:

  • Chase first touchdown prop bet was the third-most-popular in total bets and fourth in handle in Louisiana
  • Beckham, Jr. first touchdown was the fifth-most-popular by bets and eighth in handle in Louisiana
  • Burrow over 1.5 passing touchdowns was seventh-most-popular by bets and 10th in handle in Louisiana

DraftKings

Through Tuesday:

The Bengals dominated in terms of money line and handle.

Additionally, Burrow had solicited 45% of the handle on MVP bets at +225. Chase was third with 9% at +1600.

LSU players were involved in four of the top five DraftKings props through Tuesday:

  • Superbowl LVI MVP – Burrow
  • Beckham, Jr. + Tee Higgins Over 1.5 combined touchdowns
  • Burrow + Matthew Stafford Over 4.5 combined passing touchdowns
  • Cooper Kupp to have a 50+ yard touchdown reception
  • Chase + Cooper Kupp + Odell Beckham Jr. + Tee Higgins each to have over 49.5 receiving yards

FanDuel

According to a company spokesperson,

“The support for the Burrow-led Bengals is certainly more pronounced on the spread than across the nation. The money line is very similar everywhere.”

The spokesperson added it is,

“Fair to say [there is] huge loyalty for the LSU alum(s).”

  •  Burrow and Chase comprise 50% of FanDuel’s MVP wagers alone (52% of money).

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