For a Cheap Super Bowl Bet, Think Ivy League

Betting on Ivy League touchdowns in the Super Bowl is cheap because the odds are long

New England Patriots fullback James Develin (46) scores the second touchdown for New England during the first half on Jan. 18, 2015, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

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One way to make a fortune on the Super Bowl is to bet on the Ivy League, where success is considered a foregone conclusion in every realm other than sports. No person who graduated from an Ivy League school has ever scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl, but if you think that 2015 is the year that will change, there may be money in it for you. Bookmakers in Las Vegas and on the Internet put 20-to-one odds on the possibility that James Develin, a New England Patriots fullback, will make a successful trip to the end zone on Feb. 1. That means a bookie will pay you $20 for every $1 you put on Develin, who graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Develin may seem like an odd choice for moneymaker of the season, but he may just be on a roll: He scored his second touchdown in the NFL two Sundays ago, when the Patriots took the air out of the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 victory. 

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