Well football betting faithful, you won’t be going through any post Super Bowl blues thanks to the return of the league that brought us ‘He Hate Me’ and other notable names nearly two decades ago!
That’s right pigskins lovers, the XFL is back in all its glory and gets underway this coming weekend on Saturday, February 8th, one year after the fledgling AAF flamed out in its only year of existence. Better yet, thanks to the expert preview you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great idea of just which team could end up hoisting this season’s XFL championship trophy.
The XFL will have eight teams and play a 10-week schedule from Saturday, Feb. 8, to Sunday, April 12. The top two teams from the East and West divisions will play in their respective playoff games on April 18 and April 19 with the championship game being held on Sunday, April 26. Now, let’s get started with a quick look at the odds to win the 2020 XFL Championship.
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Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship
- Dallas Renegades +300
- New York Guardians +400
- Los Angeles Wildcats +500
- Tampa Bay Vipers +500
- Houston Roughnecks +750
- D.C. Defenders +800
- St. Louis BattleHawks +900
- Seattle Dragons +1000
Dallas is the prohibitive favorite based on the fact that they look like the team with the most talent in the XFL right now. The Renegades will have former longtime Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops in charge with former Sooners and Steelers backup signal-caller Landry Jones as the starter under center. Jones will have a pair of former NFL running backs to hand off to in former Carolina Panthers backup Cameron Artis-Payne and former Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar.
New York Guardians
The Guardians are led by former Chargers head coach Kevin Gilbride. The longtime offensive NFL assistant has a trio of solid quarterbacks in former Penn State star Matt McGloin scheduled as the starter with Marquise Williams and Luis Perez waiting in the wings. New York also has some really good talent on both sides of the ball in wide receiver Mekale McKay, cornerback Jamar Summers, running back Darius Victor and linebacker Ben Heeney.
After getting a raw deal from the Green Bay Packers, former longtime linebackers coach Winston Moss will get a shot to lead his own team. Moss has a bunch of elite brain-power on the offensive side of the ball in former Hawaii head coach and USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Not only that, but the Wildcats may have the best quarterback in the league in former NFL signal-caller Josh Johnson. In addition to that, L.A. also has some more decent talent on both sides of the ball in wide receiver Nelson Spruce, offensive lineman Storm Norton, linebacker Tre Williams, tight end Brandon Barnes and running back Elijah Hood.
Tampa Bay Vipers
Tampa Bay will be led by former Bears and Montreal Alouettes, three-time Grey Cup-winning head coach Marc Trestman, who also served as an offensive assistant for several NFL teams including Miami, Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Minnesota, among others. Former Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray is scheduled to be the starting quarterback with former South Florida dual-threat signal-caller Quinton Flowers set to serve in a role similar to the New Orleans Saints’ Taysom Hill. Murray, also has some great talent to throw to in former Cleveland Browns wideout Antonio Callaway and former short-term NFL performers Stacey Coley and Tanner McEvoy.
Former Hawaii and SMU head coach and longtime NFL offensive assistant and coordinator June Jones will look former Raiders backup Connor Cook to get Houston into the end zone early and often and Cook has a player that should put up big numbers in former Steelers third-round pick Sammie Coates. Defense, however, could be a problem, at least early on for the Roughnecks.
Longtime NFL and college offensive assistant Pep Hamilton gets his first head coaching job and he’ll have a strong-armed former national championship-winning quarterback under center in former Chargers backup Cardale Jones. Better yet, all of the pressure won’t be on Jones to make plays in the passing game with former AAF rushing leader and New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley in the backfield alongside and former Eagles backup Donnel Pumphrey.
St. Louis BattleHawks
Former Oklahoma and Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes is the top dog for the BattleHawks and he’ll have former San Diego State head coach and Kansas offensive coordinator Chuck Long running the offense. However, Long flamed out badly at both stops and that doesn’t bode well for St. Louis in my mind. Former Ole Miss signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu will start under center and he has a pair of running backs that should be able to find success in Matt Jones and Christine Michael, a pair that has combined for over 500 carries in the NFL.
Seattle Seahawks legendary quarterback Jim Zorn takes over as the head man for the Dragons after coaching quarterbacks in Minnesota, Detroit, Seattle, Washington, Baltimore and Kansas City the last two-plus decades. Zorn made a great hire by adding former longtime Oregon State and Nebraska head coach Mike Reilly as offensive coordinator. Unfortunately, Seattle does have a huge question mark under center in unproven quarterback Brandon Silvers, a former starter at Troy from 2014-2017.