The spring of 2022 brings another renewed attempt to establish an off-season professional football league to satisfy legions of gridiron fans that otherwise would have nothing to watch between February and September.
The XFL began its first resurrection in the spring of 2020 until COVID-19 curtailed the season and eventually caused the permanent shutdown of the entire league.
In 2021, Fan-Controlled Football allowed the spectators to have a say in what plays were called for their team of choice. FCF will begin its Season v2.0 this Saturday but they will have some competition for the attention of pigskin bettors in the USA.
The USFL (United States Football League) is giving it another go in 2022 with an 8-team league and a 10-week regular-season schedule. USFL betting debuted several weeks back when preseason futures odds debuted for each team. Here are the latest USFL odds posted at BetOnline Sportsbook.
2022 USFL Futures Odds
- Michigan Panthers +375
- Tampa Bay Bandits +500
- New Orleans Breakers +600
- Pittsburgh Maulers +600
- Philadelphia Stars +600
- New Jersey Generals +700
- Houston Gamblers +750
- Birmingham Stallions +800
Just like in all other forms of betting on football, futures odds can payout big if wagers are placed in the preseason. The above USFL odds for the eventual 2022 champion lists all 8 teams with positive moneylines that reward football gamblers with payouts that can net between $3.75 and $8 on a one-dollar bet.
The Michigan Panthers are leading the current USFL futures odds and that is most likely due to their head coach being Jeff Fisher who used to coach for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams prior to their return to Los Angeles.
Coming in at second overall are the Tampa Bay Bandits who are coached by Todd Haley who was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-2011 and has bounced around the NFL as an offensive coordinator for the past 25+ years.
The options for USFL odds are just like when betting on the NFL or any other major form of organized football. There are game lines, futures, and prop bets in play.
While some online sportsbooks have posted USFL futures in advance of this weekend’s 2022 season kickoff, many popular sports betting sites have opted to wait and see. Perhaps they are skeptical after the sudden collapse of the 2022 XFL?
Online sportsbooks were also coy when presenting their odds for betting on Fan-Controlled Football during their debut season om 2021, only posting game lines and futures for one full calendar week.
2022 USFL Week 1 Schedule
- New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox
- Houston Gamblers at Michigan Panthers – Sunday at Noon on NBC
- Philadelphia Stars at New Orleans Breakers – Sunday at 4 p.m. on USA Network
- Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers – Sunday at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports 1
It is only Tuesday, however, so perhaps oddsmakers are taking their time to ponder their Week 1 USFL betting lines. Our staff expects that USFL lines for Week 1 will debut shortly with odds and spreads that hover around even across the board.
Check back this Friday for updates on the latest in USFL betting for their 2022 opening weekend.