Birmingham Stallions Favored to Win the 2022 USFL Championship
The 2022 USFL season has completed the regular season, and we’ve embarked on the most important part of the season. Four teams qualified for the playoffs, as they aim to become the first champion in USFL history.
The Birmingham Stallions enter the playoffs with the best odds to win the championship. Birmingham nearly completed a perfect season before losing their second to last game. Their 9-1 record gave them the top spot in the South Division.
They might be the favorite, but no one is handing them the trophy. Take a look at the complete odds via Bovada.
Odds for the 2022 USFL Championship
The Birmingham Stallions are a slight favorite over the New Jersey Generals for the 2022 USFL Championships. Bettors can read more about the 2022 USFL playoff format.
Birmingham and New Jersey have been the teams to beat all season, going 9-1. The Stallions defeated the Generals in Week 1. We wouldn’t see a rematch until the championship.
The New Orleans Breakers and Philadelphia Stars made the playoffs with a 6-4 record, but don’t sleep on either team. Philadelphia led the league with 26.2 points per game, while New Orleans allowed a league-low 16.4 points.
Why are the Birmingham Stallions the Favorite?
The Birmingham Stallions rung in the USFL by winning the inaugural game over the New Jersey Generals. I can’t imagine many people realized that would be a potential championship preview, but that’s what the odds tell us.
Birmingham nearly ran the table, beginning the season 8-0. Their perfect season ended with a 17-15 loss to the Houston Gamblers. Still, a 9-1 mark has them in the driver seat to win the championship.
We’ve seen the Stallions exhibit balance throughout the season. Check out their numbers on both sides of the ball.
- Points Per Game: 22.4 (3rd)
- Yards Per Game: 323.5 (3rd)
- Points Allowed Per Game: 16.1 (2nd)
- Yards Allowed Per Game: 268.8 (1st)
That’s the easiest way to determine the favorite for the 2022 USFL championship. It’s tough to beat a team that excels on both sides of the ball.
Birmingham opens the playoffs with a matchup against the New Orleans Breakers. New Orleans is the only team to allow fewer points, but they lost both games against Birmingham.
The Stallions have a strong chance to continue their dream season as they march towards the championship.
Why Won’t the Stallions Win the Championship?
The Birmingham Stallions have been the best team throughout the season, but we can’t hand them the championship yet. They didn’t have a great passing game, ranking fourth in the USFL.
J’Mar Smith and Alex McGough have spent time as the starter, but they have a combined 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Will they struggle against a tough New Orleans Breakers defense?
From there, Birmingham would face the New Jersey Generals or Philadelphia Stars. A matchup with New Jersey would worry me after their fantastic season.
The USFL MVP, Offensive Player of the Year AND Coach of the Year 🎖🎖🎖 pic.twitter.com/C7KFxUhivz— New Jersey Generals (@USFLGenerals) June 22, 2022
New Jersey hasn’t lost since Week 1. Their offense is slightly better than Birmingham, but their defense has allowed 13 more points. Honestly, I believe the Generals are the better team ahead of the playoffs.
Philadelphia could also give Birmingham trouble. They’ve struggled on defense but lead the league with 26.2 points per game. The Stallions better bring their A-game on defense.
The 2022 USFL playoffs will relocate from Birmingham to Canton. The entire season played in Birmingham, but will the new location hurt the Stallions’ home-field advantage? That’s another reason to proceed with caution.
Looking Ahead to the 2022 USFL Playoffs
We’ll see four teams battle for the championship in the USFL playoffs. The Birmingham Stallions and New Jersey Generals open as the favorites, but the New Orleans Breakers and Philadelphia Stars want to play spoiler.
This is the first time we’ll see the USFL playoffs, so who knows what to expect. Hopefully, the regular season gives us a good indication of what to expect.
The first two matchups are on Saturday, June 25, and the championship is Sunday, July 3. Feel free to check out the best sites for betting on the USFL to make your picks.