The Harbaugh Bowl?

The chance that coaches Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh could go head-to-head in a Super Bowl, seemed almost unthinkable, once upon a time. Now, YouWager’s NFL experts remind us, only a single loss can prevent it from becoming a reality.

In spite of the fact that the Atlanta Falcons will face Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers in front of a home crowd down in Georgia, the 49ers are already favored by 3.5 points at YouWager.

John Harbaugh could have a tougher time on Sunday. Later in the day, his Baltimore Ravens will be in New England facing the Patriots. Tom Brady and company are looking good enough to be posted as a 9 point favorite at YouWager. But, as a football wagering analyst at YouWager points out, The Ravens beat the Patriots once already in the 2012 NFL football betting season. Is the momentum still there?

Before the playoffs started, the odds of a ‘HarBowl’ happening were 35 to 1.  Clearly all that has changed with the Ravens moving up through the ranks, and the 49ers favored in their matchup with Atlanta.

If the ultimate game of Family Feud does come about, it would be the first time, in the history of the NFL, for two brothers to fight it out in a Super Bowl. If that happens, YouWager’s football bettors will be seeing a lot of headlines, and a lot of personal interest stories, no doubt. Stories like this one: During his last eight seasons, as a quarterback in the NFL, Jim Harbaugh was an NCAA-certified, but unpaid assistant coach, helping his father, Jack Harbaugh at Western Kentucky University. Jim scouted and recruited 17 players on WKU’s 2002 Division I-AA National Champion team. Harbaugh the elder was a football coach for 18 years, including 14 years as head coach at WKU. The Harbaughs are a family of coaches, a senior NFL analyst at YouWager says. Besides, brother John, the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, brother-in-law, Tom Crean, is the head coach of Indiana’s basketball team.

Back in November of 2012, younger brother Jim had a non-surgical procedure for an irregular heartbeat. At the time, older brother John, made it sound casual. “He had a little procedure,” he told a YouWager source. “He’s had it before. I guess it’s a little more advanced now with his heart rate and things like that. So, it should correct that.” San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis put it another way: “It’s one of those things that, like coach Harbaugh always tells us, he’s tougher than a $2 steak. We know he’s going to be all right.”

On Sunday, when Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons at 3PM Eastern, they will be 3.5 point favorites at YouWager. The total is 48. At 6:30PM, John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens face the New England Patriots. The Ravens are 9 point underdogs in this matchup. The total is 51.