LAS VEGAS -- Despite losing the Super Bowl last night to the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers ended the season as the top-ranked team in the Vegas NFL Bettors' poll. And that poll also acts as a look-ahead to the 2013-14 season.
The rankings, compiled from the power ratings of professional handicappers Teddy "Covers" Sevransky of sportsmemo.com, Sal Selvaggio of madduxsports.com and yours truly, Dave Tuley, are mostly just a minor adjustment from our numbers at the end of the regular season, but they're pretty much in line with the Super Bowl XLVIII futures at the Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook that have been up for several weeks already. The odds in the accompanying chart below are the adjusted LVH futures after Sunday night's game.
The New England Patriots are currently the 6-1 favorite with the 49ers right behind them at 7-1 and the Denver Broncos, who were the AFC's No. 1 seed but lost in the divisional playoffs to the eventual champion Ravens, are the only other team with single-digit odds at 8-1.
Our rankings have the 49ers as the top team with the Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers tied for the second spot, followed by the Broncos and then the Ravens, who are sixth in our rankings and tied for seventh-best choice in the LVH futures at 14-1.
Let's take a look at some of the best betting values for Super Bowl XLVIII: