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THON 2023 Prop Bets

In just a few hours, THON Weekend will officially be underway, and dancers will stand for what will soon become a challenging and emotional 46 hours.

Of course, there will be plenty of live music, performances, and games throughout the weekend. It’s the perfect storm of expected and unexpected events to occur, so what better way to prepare than to place fake bets?

For those not familiar with prop bets, Onward State co-founder Evan Kalikow put it best: “A prop bet is short for proposition bet. Basically, it’s a bet on something not commonly betted upon. For example, lots of people bet on the score of the Super Bowl, but how many people bet on how many times the winning coach will say ‘humbled’ in the post-game press conference? That’s a prop bet.”

Onward State is NOT a gambling site. All the betting odds listed below are completely made up. We won’t encourage you to bet on THON, but we do encourage you to have fun.

Prop Bets

  • Bo Nickal makes an appearance on stage: 4-1
  • President Neeli Bendapudi gives a speech: 2-1
  • The JoePa statue is brought out: 409-1
  • Eric Barron comes back to say hi: 15-1
  • My Hero Zero performs: 2-1
  • THON’s fundraising total breaks the record: 5-1
  • Sean Clifford gets on stage: 10-1
  • The BJC runs out of chicken baskets: 80-1
  • James Franklin hoists the Rose Bowl trophy: 7-1
  • Brad Kraut appears on the jumbotron: 20-1
  • Penn State field hockey or women’s soccer get a shoutout: 14-1
  • SNAP wins best pizza during Family Feud: 6-1


  • Times the Rose Bowl is mentioned in the line dance: 0.5
  • Dancers who complete all 46 hours: 706.5
  • Hours you’ll spend waiting on concessions: 0.5
  • Dollars raised: $13,282,417.5
  • Hours spent by students wandering the concourse: 500.5
  • Average hours slept by dancers after THON: 15.5
  • Minutes it takes for the Wi-Fi to load: 2.5
  • Attendance percentage at your 8 a.m. Monday: 45.5%
  • Freshman who accidentally sit down: 82.5
  • Number of times you’ll reconsider everything you’ve ever done at 2 a.m.: 3.5
  • Hours THON will last: 45.5
  • Number of pushups Onward State’s managing editor will do each hour: 42.5 (Editor’s note: smash the over)

Pep Rally Winner

  • Men’s gymnastics: 1-2
  • Men’s soccer: Evens
  • Field hockey: 4-1
  • Wrestling: 3-1
  • Football: 10-1
  • Men’s lacrosse: 7-1
  • Women’s soccer: 15-1

While men’s soccer won last year’s contest, men’s gymnastics had won the previous four before that (at least, those that had a winner). With that type of track record, gymnastics stays on top as the strong favorite.

Most Covered Song

  • “Mr. Brightside”: Evens
  • “Zombie Nation”: 4-1
  • “Sucker:” 6-1
  • “Bad Habit”: 8-1
  • “Sweet Caroline”: 10-1
  • “Wonderwall”: 16-1
  • “As It Was”: 20-1

When Will The Bryce Jordan Center Reach Capacity On Sunday?

  • Before 1 a.m.: 25-1
  • Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.: 20-1
  • Between 6 and 11 a.m.: 5-1
  • It won’t: 3-1

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. He also listens to Mac Miller more than you. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please send all positive affirmations and/or hate mail toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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