- XFL kicks off this weekend with 2 games Saturday, 2 games Sunday
- Renegades, Guardians, Vipers among odds-on favorites to win the XFL championship
- Top football betting sites offer XFL betting options
Saturday officially marks the beginning of football season. Sort of. Less than a week after the NFL season came to a close, the XFL will officially ramp things right back up. All 8 of the XFL’s new franchises will be in action this weekend, with 2 games on Saturday and another 2 taking place on Sunday.
The football offseason is generally a long one, but the XFL is hopeful that fans craving year-round football will flock to the league as a potential alternative. While the quality of play surely won’t be quite as good as the play we’re used to seeing in the NFL, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the league’s long-term viability.
The fact that all of the top football betting sites now have XFL lines gives you all the more reason to have interest in America’s newest pro football league.
New XFL is Built to Stay
For one, the new version of the XFL has a lot more money behind it than most other alternative pro football leagues we’ve seen come and go over the years. You surely have a fresh memory of the Alliance of American Football, which folded midway through its first season just last year. The AAF basically just ran out of money. That shouldn’t be a problem for the XFL, though, as Vince McMahon is reportedly set to put $500 million on the line to try and keep the league afloat.
The XFL has also inked broadcast deals with Fox, ESPN and ABC, which can’t hurt. The AAF could be seen on CBS, but an awful lot of games were pushed to the CBS Sports Network, as well. Having every XFL game televised on a national network should help with regard to public awareness.
The ability to bet on the games, America’s undying love affair with football, and plain old curiosity should drive plenty of interest toward the XFL this weekend. Here’s what you need to know.
Week 1 Schedule
The opening weekend schedule for the XFL’s reboot is below:
Saturday, February 8
- Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders (2:00pm ET, ABC)
- Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks (5:00pm ET, FOX)
Sunday, February 9
- Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians (2:00pm ET, FOX)
- St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades (5:00pm ET, ESPN)
Yes, You Can Bet on the XFL
Sports betting is exploding in popularity all across the United States. More than 10 states currently offer legal sports betting, while more are expected to give it the green light in the months and years to come. Betting on football is obviously hugely popular in the US, as well. Americans wagered nearly $7 billion in total on Super Bowl 54 alone.
Obviously, the XFL won’t attract that kind of betting activity. Still, one way to make the games more interesting is to put a little bit of money on the line. All of the top football betting sites across the internet have XFL odds, including game odds and futures. It’s safe to assume that other bets, such as who will win XFL MVP this season, will be available soon.
Unlike the NFL, which has been very slow to embrace the proliferation of sports betting, the XFL is ready to dive in headfirst and take advantage of the growing interest in the industry. The XFL television broadcasts will even feature game odds on the on-screen scoreboards, and broadcasters are free to mention odds whenever they see fit. When’s the last time you heard an NFL broadcast talk about the point spread?
BetMGM has the Dallas Renegades, led by former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, as +250 favorites to win the XFL title. Interestingly enough, the Tampa Bay Vipers are projected to lead the league in wins with an over/under of 7. The Seattle Dragons, meanwhile, have the worst odds to win the championship (+1200) with the lowest win total prop (3.5).
The full odds to win the 2020 XFL title are as follows:
- Dallas Renegades (+250)
- New York Guardians (+350)
- Los Angeles Wildcats (+450)
- Tampa Bay Vipers (+550)
- Houston Roughnecks (+750)
- DC Defenders (+750)
- St. Louis BattleHawks (+1000)
- Seattle Dragons (+1200)
XFL Week 1 Betting Lines
On paper, it’s easy to see why the Renegades are the early betting favorites. Dallas has the only head coach-quarterback tandem with previous experience together. Stoops coached Renegades quarterback Landry Jones during the latter’s standout career at the University of Oklahoma. Jones also happens to be arguably the most-recognizable player in the entire league, having most recently spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Of course, the league being a relative unknown at this point makes betting on XFL futures a difficult endeavor. Just because the Renegades may have the flashiest names doesn’t necessarily mean the team will gel and become a title contender.
Oddsmakers are buying in, though. Even with Jones listed as questionable to play in the opener with a knee injury, the Renegades are the biggest betting favorites on the board heading into Week 1.
The odds for all 4 Week 1 contests are as follows:
- DC (-7) vs. Seattle
- Houston (-5.5) vs. Los Angeles
- Tampa Bay (-2) at New York
- Dallas (-10) vs. St Louis