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Super Bowl XLIX Preview (Pac 12 Edition): Start Time, Live Stream, Prop Bets and More

Your Seattle Seahawks are taking on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. That doesn't suck.

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Jermaine Kearse is representing Washington Football when he takes the field in Super Bowl XLIX
Jermaine Kearse is representing Washington Football when he takes the field in Super Bowl XLIX
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Super Bowl XLIX (that would be "49" for those of you that don't know how to speak Roman Numaeral-ese) is just twenty four hours away.  For those of you with a rooting interesting in the Washington Huskies or other Pac 12 schools - and that would include the vast majority of you if you have somehow found your way into my little corner of the world wide web - this game holds significant intrigue.  Not only are your Seattle Seahawks on the cusp of establishing themselves as a dynasty, but several Pac 12 alums promise to be a factor in the outcome.

Super Bowl XLIX - The Logistics:

Teams: New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Time: Kickoff 3:30p PST / 6:30p EST / 23:30 UTC

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Television: NBC (Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

Radio: SiriusXM Ch. 88 | TuneIn KIRO (Seattle) | Westwood One (National)

Streaming OnlineStream On Your Mobile Device or Computer

OfficialsReferee – Bill Vinovich, Umpire – Bill Schuster, Head linesman – Dana McKenzie, Line judge – Mark PerlmanField judge – Bob Waggoner, Side judge – Tom Hill, Back judge – Terrence Miles, Replay official – Mike Wimmer, Replay assistant – Terry Poulos

OddsNew England +2 |  Check out SB Nation's Super Bowl Gambling Primer

Halftime Show: Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz

Pregame Show: Idina Menzel (National Anthem)  |  John Legend (America The Beautiful)

Ticket Prices: ~1000 tickets remaining starting at $10k per seat

As you might expect given the strength of our conference, the Pac 12 is very well-represented in this year's extravaganza.  In addition to the Pete Carroll coaching staff, which almost all have roots or ties to the Pac 12, there are a number of great players representing their schools across both sidelines.  In the spirit of what we do here at the Dawgpound - which is to rank everything - we've compiled our Super Bowl Power Poll:  Pac 12 Edition.  Here it is:

Pac 12 Super Bowl Rankings

1. Cal Bears (2)

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots

The irony of pass happy Cal having two running backs playing in the Super Bowl is very rich.  I'll be savoring that little nugget as I watch the game through my Pac 12 colored lenses.  The story of the game could well be which of the two backs is most able to play his game.  Beast Mode is an obvious key for the Seahawks.  Their offense is built on his ability to pound a defense into submission over four quarters and create big plays in the fourth.  The entire Seattle team feeds off of his personality.  Vereen, on the other hand, is one of the most accomplished backs catching passes out of the backfield.  He'll be the responsibility of Bobby Wagner - a key 1:1 matchup that could certainly turn out well for the Patriots if the Seahawks are caught unprepared.

2.  Stanford Cardinal (3)

Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Cameron Fleming, OL, New England Patriots

The Cardinal are well-represented in the Super Bowl XLIX.  Though playing through an injury, CB Richard Sherman is a defining talent in this game.  His ability to take away his side of the field will have a direct impact on the outcome of the game.  Baldwin comes in as the Seahawks leading receiver on the year.  For Russell Wilson to have a chance, Baldwin is going to have to win some one-on-one matchups against Revis Island.  Fleming is a young o-lineman who has established himself as a "sixth blocker" on certain Patriot offensive packages. He'll be an important contributor tomorrow.

3.  Oregon Ducks (4)

LaGarette Blount, RB, New England Patriots

Patrick Chung, DB, New Engalnd Patriots

Max Unger, C, Seattle Seahawks

Will Tukuafu, FB/LB, Seattle Seahawks

Oregon is pretty well covered in the Super Bowl with two players on each side.  Blount is the wild-card  of the mix.  He's been running his mouth over much of the past two weeks.  If he backs it up, the game could definitely go New England's way.  Unger is the other key Duck contributor.  He's been unreliable with his health, but is a critical piece of Seattle's o-line when healthy.  Both Chung and Tukuafu are important role players for their respective teams.

4.  Arizona Wildcats (1)

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots

Gronkowski comes into this game along with guys like Lynch, Sherman, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, and Kam Chancellor as potential game-breakers in Super Bowl XLIX.  If he turns out to be the best offensive player on the field tomorrow, the Patriots will almost surely be taking the title back to Titletown, USA.

5a.  Washington Huskies (1)

Jermaine Kearse, WR, Seattle Seahawks

While the Huskies only have one guy in this game, he's a big one.  Kearse is a veritable big play machine and is no stranger to making game-winning catches in the post-season.  His dramatic overtime reception of Russell Wilson's TD bomb while blanketed by a Green Bay corner back is the stuff of legends.  Kearse is a versatile receiver with just the right mix of size to be a red zone threat and speed to get behind defenses from beyond.  He'll be matched up against Brandon Browner much of the game.  How he does against a fellow Pac 12 alum promises to be a key story line in the game.

5b.  Oregon State Beavers (1)

Brandon Browner, CB, New England Patriots

The former (or current?) Legion of Boom member faces off against his old team and will be a critical contributor in the the Super Bowl.  Browner will most likely be lined up against Jermaine Kearse for much of the game.  It should be one of the most delicious battles of the night, at least for Pac 12 North fans.

7.  Colorado Buffaloes (2)

Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Nate Solder, OL, New England Patriots

Nice to see Colorado with some talent playing in the Super Bowl.  While Richardson is on injured reserve, his contributions to Seattle in the wake of the Percy Harvin trade were notable.  Solder is a starter for the Patriots and has developed into one of the better blockers in the league.

8.  USC Trojans (5)

Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle Seahawks

Mike Morgan, LB, Seattle Seahawks

Anthony McCoy, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Allen Bradford, RB/LB, Seattle Seahawks

Dion Bailey, DB, Seattle Seahawks

The "USC-Hawks", as they are known, are a cadre of former Trojan players who play for a staff well-stocked with former Trojan coaches.  Smith and Morgan are important depth players for the Seahawks and will both see time on the field tomorrow.  McCoy has been on IR for much of the year while Bradford and Bailey are on Seattle's practice squad.

9.  UCLA Bruins (4)

*Kenny Easley, Ring of Honor DB, Seattle Seahawks

Akeem Ayers, OLB, New England Patriots

Cassius Marsh, DL, Seattle Seahawks

Derrick Coleman, FB, Seattle Seahawks

Matthew Slater, WR, New England Patriots

The Bruins get special consideration in this ranking thanks to the presence of all-time Seattle great Kenny Easley on the field as a Coin Toss official. With four players spread across the two teams, the Bruins are well-represented.  While the two Seahawks are both on injured reserve, both Ayers and Slater will play roles for New England.  Ayers has become a pass-rush specialist while Slater is a Pro-Bowler as the Special Teams Captain for the Patriots.

10.  Utah Utes (1)

Sealver Siliga, DL, New England Patriots

Siliga is a well known entity to Seattle fans as he floated on and off of Seattle's practice squad up until this season.  He'll play a role for the Patriots as depth in helping to stop that the Seahawks' rushing attack.

11.  Arizona State Sun Devils (1)

Zach Miller, TE, Seattle Seahawks

If only Miller were healthy, we'd have an interesting match up of tight ends originating from rival schools in Arizona.  Alas, Miller, who is a key Seahawks contributor, will not be a factor in the Super Bowl.

12.  Washington State Cuogs (0)

The Cuogs are, unfortunately, the only Pac 12 team not represented in the Super Bowl XLIX.

Super Bowl - Vegas Edition

I've read it has been estimated that somewhere around one in five Americans will have some kind of action on the Super Bowl after office pools and friendly neighborhood wagers are taken into account.  That's a remarkable statistic if anywhere close to accurate.

Given the extreme interest that accompanies an event of this nature, one can expect to find a variety of ways to make the game interesting through the placing of different types of bets.  SB Nation has pieced together a nice primer on Super Bowl betting that is definitely worth a look.

If you are looking for bets that go beyond the typical spread (Patriots +2) or over / under (47.5 points), you might be interested in some of the prop bets that are out there.  Below is a list of some the more interesting ones per Bovada:

First Player to Get a TD:

Marshawn Lynch 11/2
Rob Gronkowsi 13/2
Russell Wilson 12/1
Tom Brady 25/1

First Player to Grab an INT:

Richard Sherman 7/1
Darrel Revis 9/1
Byron Maxwell 10/1
Brandon Browner 12/1

Bill Belichik Hoodie Type:

Sleeves Cut -200
Sleeves Intact +150

Marshawn Lynch Crotch Grab on TD:

Yes +200
No -300

Over Under on Viewers of the Game:  113 Million
Color of Gatorade Dumped on Winning Coach:

Orange 3/2
Yellow 5/2
Blue 13/2

Over Under on How Long It Will Take Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem: 2 minutes
Over Under on the How Many Times "Deflated Balls" Gets Said on TV:  3
What Will Katy Perry Be Wearing at Halftime:

Pants +450
Shorts +200
Skirt/Dress -300

Don't forget to check out our open game thread if you are looking for some Huskies to share the Super Bowl experience with.  You'll find it by simply visiting our home page the day of the game.