USFL odds and betting advice for Championship futures
BetOnline customers might be able to appreciate some of the rules changes that have been established for the 2022 edition of the United States Football League. Among that which is new and different include allowing two forward passes on the same play, as long as they are both thrown from behind the line of scrimmage, and the option to choose a "4th and 12" play in lieu of an onside kick.
Mind you, this is not a revival of the USFL that existed almost 40 years ago. In fact, Fox Sports, which owns the league, kind of just appropriated the name of the league and its franchises, and some of the original USFL owners sued. A hearing the temporary injunction won't take place until Monday, so for the time being there is nothing to prevent the league from moving forward as planned.
All the games are taking place at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, AL. The first weekend gets underway on Saturday, with the New Jersey Generals facing the Birmingham Stallions.
Here are the futures odds on USFL football betting as they currently appear at BetOnline:
|Team||Odds to win USFL Championship|
|Tampa Bay Bandits||+500|
|New Orleans Breakers||+600|
|New Jersey Generals||+700|
The Panthers and the USFL give head coach Jeff Fisher a chance at redemption. As you undoubtedly know, Fisher had a great deal of success with the Tennessee Titans, leading them into a Super Bowl, but eventually he wore out his welcome, and there was not much luck on his second go-around with the Rams, where he took the reins in St. Louis and came East with the them because ownership felt they needed his "credibility" when they moved to Los Angeles. Of course, when they fired Fisher and hired Sean McVay they started winning.
Fisher's quarterback is likely to be Paxton Lynch, who washed out with the Denver Broncos as a first-round pick and "quarterback of the future" candidate, but the Panthers also have Shea Patterson, who played at Ole Miss, then Michigan, and tossed 45 touchdown passes with only 15 interceptions for the Wolverines.
As head coach, the Bandits hired Todd Haley, who was at one time the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and served as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. In Cleveland, he was involved in an apparent power struggle with head coach Hue Jackson, and owner Jimmy Haslam's solution was to fire both of them. Haley, known as a pretty good quarterback tutor, will work with Jordan Ta'amu, an exciting player who BetOnline patrons may remember from his period with the XFL's the St. Louis Battlehawks, completing 72% of his passes in five starts before the league had to cease operations.
Larry Fedora, who coached at Southern Miss and North Carolina, is the head man for the Breakers, who will give Zach Smith a chance to prove himself. Smith started games for Baylor and Tulsa. The guy with NFL experience is Kyle Sloter, who has spent time banging around on a lot of rosters.
The Stars are coached by Kyle Andrus, and the quarterback is Bryan Scott, out of Occidental College, also the alma mater of Jack Kemp. Scott was the third overall selection in the USFL Draft.
Kirby Wilson, who has been an assistant with eight NFL teams (including the Steelers), was hired as head coach of the Maulers, and his most reliable option at quarterback appears to be Kyle Lauletta, who originally came into the NFL with the New York Giants but has been with four teams since.
In terms of the futures odds, the team pulling up the rear is the one playing at "home." The Birmingham Stallions are coached by Skip Holtz (son of Lou)., the former head man at UConn, East Carolina and Louisiana Tech, who'll also serve as offensive coordinator and has brought one of his L-Tech QB's, J'Mar Smith, with him. Alex McGough, the FIU alum who has had some experience on NFL practice squads, is the starter.
In the opener on April 16, they'll play the New Jersey Generals, the team Donald Trump owned in the "old" USFL. They're coached by the well-traveled Mike Riley, who has now been in the NFL, CFL, AAF, XFL, CFL and USFL. And they have had to make a move at quarterback with the injury to Ben Holmes. Luis Perez is a former winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top Division II player in the country, and he's been this route before, with stints in both the AAF (Alliance of American Football) and XFL.
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