By Malachi Robinson, Kaia Zimmerman, Connor Lannen and Sean Chase
Football fans, the moment we have waited for through all of the uncertainty of COVID-19 is almost upon us. We have made it to Super Bowl LV!
Where Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face-off against Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City Chiefs, on Sunday, Feb. 7, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. According to ESPN, Kansas City opened the week as 3-point favorites over the Buccaneers. The line remains the same as of Saturday, Feb. 6, at 12:27 a.m.
As the coin toss nears, for what on paper is going to be an incredible game, we here at The Collegiate wanted to throw our hats into the prediction game, but we’re going to put our own spin on it.
In this article, a few sports reporters for The Collegiate will make our picks for who will take home the Lombardi Trophy. Then in this week’s episode of The Collegiate Sports Podcast, we will go in-depth on our picks prior to the game. Once the game concludes, we will jump back on the mic to discuss the outcome of the game, and see which reporter was closest to the mark.
The Collegiate Sports Staff’s Predictions for Super Bowl LV
Connor Lannen, 18, Allendale, MI
Pick: Kansas City -3
I have looked at this game every which way, throughout the week. The loss of Eric Fisher almost changed my mind, however, I think the trio of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce is going to be hard for the Buccaneers defense to stop. The last time these two teams played, earlier this season, Tyreek Hill had over 200 yards in the first quarter. The Chiefs have toyed with teams all year and I think they are going to bring their A-game on Sunday and stop Brady’s pursuit for his seventh ring. It is hard to bet against Brady but it is also hard to bet against Mahomes and for that reason, I am going to go with my initial feeling and I have the Chiefs winning their second consecutive Super Bowl on Tampa’s home field.
Final Score prediction: Kansas City 34 – Tampa Bay 23
Kaia Zimmerman, 18, Lowell
Pick: Kansas City -3
I believe the Kansas City Chiefs are going to win the Super Bowl. I think their offense is too powerful to be stopped, and if you give them a little of a lead, it will be really hard to come back. The combination of Mahomes, Kelce, and Hill are very hard to stop. Even though Tom Brady is the best of all time, we saw against the Packers how he wasn’t consistent (threw interceptions on back to back drives) and how his defense bailed him out. Tom Brady needs to be almost perfect because I don’t think the Bucs defense is going to be able to bail him out as they did against the Packers’ offense. It is hard to bet against Tom Brady, but I think with the explosiveness of the Chiefs’ offense and their solid defense, the Chiefs will win this game.
Final Score Prediction- Kansas City 38 – Tampa Bay 28
Malachi Robinson, 19, Grand Rapids, MI
Pick: Buccaneers +3
I think Tampa has the home-field advantage. I want to see the Chiefs win, but I feel like Tampa’s defense can step up and get critical stops on the Chiefs’ offense. They are honestly the underdogs, so many people think the Chiefs are gonna go back-to-back Super Bowl titles. You can’t ever bet against Tom Brady, no matter what. The Bucs are young and hungry and Brady will have his guys ready.
Final Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 42 – Kansas City 35
Sean Chase, 30, Newaygo, MI
Pick: Tampa Bay +3
This could go down as one of the best games in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes, two of the greatest to ever spin the ball. Because of their immense talent, I’ve gone back and forth with this decision since the matchup was announced a couple of weeks ago. While I must acknowledge the immense firepower Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have on the offensive side of the ball. With players like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Clyde Edwards-Helaire able to change the game in one play, Tampa Bay will have their hands full. However, it is hard to go against the big game experience Tom Brady has, having six Super Bowl rings in his collection. This experience combined with the game being played at Raymond James Stadium, the Buccaneers home field, makes it even harder to pick against Brady. Mahomes will be without his starting left tackle, Eric Fisher, because of this I believe the Buccaneers will get enough pressure on him to disrupt the flow of the game enough for Brady to pull out a close win and secure his seventh Lombardi Trophy.
Final Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 28 – Kansas City 24