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Every XFL Team’s Latest Odds to Win the 2020 Title

| February 3, 2020 8:25 am PDT
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With Super Bowl 54 finally in the rearview mirror, fans of pro football will be looking for a new source of entertainment. The same can be said for sports bettors.

Baseball will be back shortly, and you can always turn to the NBA, but we also don’t have to say goodbye to football for long.

It’s a different game and not quite the NFL, but the XFL debuts this coming weekend and could help alleviate those post-Super Bowl blues.

Whether you actually bet on the XFL immediately or not, this should still be a fun league to watch, and you’ll also have some XFL daily fantasy football to consider.

To get you ready for the coming season, let’s quickly go over the XFL Championship odds for each team.

Dallas Renegades +350

Most XFL betting websites peg the Bob Stoops-led Renegades as the tentative favorites to win the 2020 XFL title. That makes good sense, as the Renegades are a big market team with plenty of talent, while Stoops also did quite a bit of winning at Oklahoma.

Stoops has some solid players to go to war with, including ex-Sooners pupil Landry Jones, who will slide in as the team’s starting quarterback once he’s back from a knee injury.

Former NFL backs such as Lance Dunbar and Cameron Artis-Payne could even things out with a healthy rushing attack. Dallas isn’t the sexiest team, but they do have plenty of substance, along with an intriguing defense powered by Frank Alexander and Josh Hawkins.

New York Guardians +400

The Guardians have the next-best XFL Championship odds, as they’re led by former NFL offensive guru Kevin Gilbride. Gilbride is known best for his time with the New York Giants, where he helped Big Blue win two Super Bowls.

Matt McGloin is a relatively safe — albeit unspectacular —option to start under center for the Guardians, while Gilbride could employ a two-back offense with the hard-hitting Tim Cook and the more finesse Justin Stockton.

Defensively, Ben Heeney quarterbacks Jim Herrmann’s unit. Herrmann helped the Michigan Wolverines win the National Championship back in 1997 and has ties to Gilbride as a former member of the Giants’ coaching staff.

DC Defenders +450

The Defenders fall in line as the team with the third-best 2020 XFL odds at the moment. Former Stanford head coach and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton runs the show, as he guides what figures to be a fun DC squad.

Hamilton’s teams have historically thrived in the passing game, and Hamilton has one of the more talented XFL passers to work with in Cardale Jones. The former Buckeyes star and draft bust flamed out of the NFL but still possesses the raw talent to play quality football.

Jones will be aided by Rashad Ross, who was an AAF star and looks to be one of the most explosive weapons in the XFL. Eli Rogers is one of many former Steelers players playing in the XFL and could balance things out in the slot for the DC passing game.

On the ground, the Defenders have two of the steadiest rushers, with Jhurell Pressley and Donnel Pumphrey vying for touches.

Louie Cioffi heads the Defenders’ defense, which has several noteworthy players, including former Falcons safety Matt Elam and ex-Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.

Los Angeles Wildcats +500

Bettors can seek a little more value with the Wildcats, who will be led into the fire by former NFL linebacker Winston Moss. Moss most recently spent his time with the Green Bay Packers as the team’s linebackers coach and played a hand in Green Bay ranking 8th in sacks.

On the offensive side of the ball, Moss will confide in former NFL offensive coordinator Norm Chow to run a balanced offense.

The forever underrated Josh Johnson could operate as a dual-threat maestro in this system. He’s without a doubt the main reason to get excited about the Wildcats.

Aging former Packers running back DuJuan Harris heads what looks to be a questionable ground game, but the offense could potentially stretch the field if Tre McBride lives up to the hype.

Tampa Bay Vipers +500

Marc Trestman is back at it again in Tampa Bay. The longtime coach has found plenty of success with high-flying offenses in both the CFL and NFL but will take his coaching talents to the XFL in 2020.

Trestman is underrated in terms of racking up yardage and putting points on the board, while he has a perfectly capable passer in Aaron Murray. This could be a very fun offense, especially when you factor in the speed of wide receiver Stacy Coley and the craftiness of Reece Horn.

This offense would be even more enticing, but the running game is in question, and the team lost star receiver Antonio Callaway to injured reserve.

Defensively, NFL icon Jerry Glanville returns to the sidelines to coach up the Vipers. The 78-year-old Glanville was last seen in the CFL, and it’s worth wondering if he can lead a successful unit.

Houston Roughnecks +750

One of the funnest XFL teams figures to be the Roughnecks, who will be guided by a brilliant offensive mind in June Jones. Jones has some NFL experience but is best known for his air assault offenses at Hawaii and in the CFL.

Jones has a competent arm to work with in former Michigan State star Connor Cook, while ex-Steelers burner Sammie Coates could threaten defenses over the top.

It’s possible Houston could be just as dangerous on the ground. De’Angelo Henderson destroyed opponents at Coastal Carolina, while Andre Williams was a total monster (2,177 yards, 18 TDs) in his final season at Boston College.

Iconic Bills defensive ace Ted Cottrell mans the Houston defense, with his most recent stop coming with the AAF. His defenses have usually been nasty, while he gets some help from big names like Carl Bradford, Gabe Wright, and Kony Ealy.

St. Louis Battle Hawks +900

Jonathan Hayes leads the Battle Hawks, who aren’t expected to have a great season in the XFL. That’s largely because nobody knows what to expect from quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who wasn’t even all that productive in college.

With a slew of unproven wide receivers at Ta’amu’s disposal, this entire passing game is in question. Fortunately, St. Louis does have the most talented running back in the XFL, as former Seahawks rusher Cristine Michael is projected to lead this backfield.

The Battle Hawks have reinforcements on the ground, too, as former Redskins tailback Matt Jones rounds out a star-studded offensive backfield.

Jay Hayes mans the St. Louis defense, but this unit doesn’t have a ton of impact players that stand out beyond safety Will Hill.

Seattle Dragons +1000

Lastly, there are the Dragons, who will be led by former NFL quarterback and coach Jim Zorn. Known as a strong offensive mind, Zorn has the experience and approach to potentially turn Seattle into an elite value bet.

Mike Riley will help Zorn head up what hopes to be a strong offense. Quarterback Brandon Silvers comes over as an underrated option under center after flashing his potential in the Alliance of American Football.

Silvers is not alone, as he has a plethora of talented wide receivers to work with, such as Kasen Williams, Keenan Reynolds, and Dontez Byrd.

The real strength of the Dragons’ roster comes on the ground, however. AAF star Kenneth Farrow gives the team a bruising and efficient lead back, while former Texas A&M star Trey Williams could also make an impact.

Clayton Lopez will draw up the defensive scheme for Seattle, with the Dragons likely relying heavily on former standouts like Anthony Moten and Stansly Maponga.

Summary

All we can do as football fans and bettors is assess what’s right in front of us.

The starting lineups and depth charts aren’t even official for week one of the 2020 XFL season, while what happens over the course of the regular season could dictate how you bet on this league.

Going into week one, however, you can assess the coaching styles, player talent, overall roster balance, and past success for all parties involved. Combine that with the early XFL odds, and it’s possible you can formulate a winning bet.

No matter what, you’re getting some value if you do any XFL betting before the games even start. It’s just up to you which direction you actually go in.

Fortunately, we’ll be here to help you all season long. Be sure to bookmark our sports betting blog for early release of weekly XFL odds, DFS advice, game picks, and much more.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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