Super Bowl Survey Results

What is ASU saying about Super Bowl LV?

By Chad Miller Jr.
On February 7, 2021

Graphic by: Ngoc Tieu My Ta

 

On Tuesday Feb 2, The Ram Page sent out our weekly newsletter with a survey for this Sunday’s Super Bowl LV matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The survey asked ASU’s students, faculty and staff to pick who they thought was going to win the Lombardi Trophy and allowed the opportunity to give their insight as to why they picked who they did.

 

Some of the results were presumed to be expected while others were unexpected by initial participants. The expected part was who the majority picked as the winner, as there is a quarterback who is playing that went to school almost three hours north of San Angelo at a university that is ASU’s sister school. The close margin of the survey surprised most of the editorial staff, but the data does not lie.

 

63% of those who answered the survey picked the Chiefs led by the golden arm out of Texas Tech University, with some people making it very obvious why they picked the defending champions to go back-to-back.

 

"Pat Mahomes is the G.O.A.T.," The Ram Page Editor-in-Chief Mbu Maqungo said. "‘Nuff said."

 

“KC Chiefs have Mahomes who is more versatile than Brady,” said Ms. Twyla Tasker, an instructor in the office of Online Graduate and Instruction. “The Chiefs have more depth on their roster with Hill, Kelce, Edwards-Helaire, and surprise players like Pringle, Watkins and Williams.”

 

Some people who picked the team out of Missouri highlighted the overall speed advantage that the Chiefs have throughout their team compared to their opponent from Tampa Bay,

 

“I think that the Chiefs are so much faster on both sides of the ball, and will run away with the game,” freshman Jacoby Thompson said.

 

Others who picked the Chiefs agreed with Tasker and think that the Chiefs have more depth than the Bucs do, but in my opinion, it just depends on the position at hand. For example, the Chiefs definitely have more depth in terms of skill positions, but hardly any on the offensive line, as they will be missing both their starting tackles due to season-ending injuries.

 

The 37% who picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put up some very intriguing arguments. The main one was highlighting the man they brought in the offseason on a two-year deal to do exactly what he’s done this season: bring the Bucs to the Super Bowl and potentially win it.

 

“I think Tom Brady's experience playing in past Super Bowls will be beneficial for the Buccaneers,” graduate student Kyle Collier said. “He has won six Super Bowls and just has more big-game experience. Mahomes is a great player too, but I feel it will come down to Brady's experience.”

 

Senior Robert Wicks broke down why he believes the Bucs will win. Wicks mentioned the Bucs having Tom Brady and home-field advantage, as well as improving since losing to the Chiefs in the regular season. Wicks also brought up that Brady rarely loses more than once to a team in the same season.

 

Overall, people who picked the Bucs focused their picks on Brady. Love him or hate him, he is one of the best of all-time in games like this one, and as Wicks said, is way better when he plays a team that he’s already lost to once in a season.

 

The Ram Page office held its own internal poll, and with a 5-1 margin, believes the Kansas City Chiefs are going to win this game. The reasonings are very much similar to the arguments that were submitted by you, the readers. According to the staff, even though Brady and the Bucs have been incredible this season, we just do not believe that they will be able to keep up with the lightning-fast offense and ever-improving defense of the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Earlier, Collier made a point and brought up an argument that has been hotly debated in the past week or so. If Mahomes beats Brady here in what is expected to be one of the best Super Bowls of all time, would the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) crown falls to Mahomes once Brady retires? The ones who made the argument say that if Mahomes wins, the door for who is the G.O.A.T. is held open, but if Brady wins, he slams that door of opportunity forever. Which will happen?... We’ll see tonight.

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