USFL - Predictions, Picks, Betting Odds & Spreads 2024

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Updated June 29, 2023
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  • The USFL season in 2023 runs from April 15 to July 1. The regular season concludes on June 18. 
  • There are eight teams in the USFL divided into the North and South Divisions
  • The 2023 USFL season is ten weeks, then a divisional playoff and championship game

The USFL regular season will run for ten weeks from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, June 17, with two games played on Saturdays and two on Sundays throughout the schedule.

The top two teams from each division will make the postseason, with games played on June 24 and 25. The Championship will take place on July 1.

USFL Championship Matchup

USFL Championship Matchups

Date

Networks

Pittsburgh Maulers vs Birmingham Stallions

July 1, 8 p.m. ET

NBC

USFL Championship Odds

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USFL Championship

Moneyline

Spread

Totals

Pittsburgh Maulers vs Birmingham Stallions

Maulers (+235)

Stallions (-280)

Maulers (+7; -110)

Panthers (-7; -110)

Over: 46 (-110)

Under: 46(-110)

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Maulers vs Stallions

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The Stallions are easily the best team in the USFL this year, with a record of 8-2 and coming off a 47-22 win over the second-best team in the league, the New Orleans Breakers.

The Maulers have allowed the least points scored against them this year with just 178, but they have scored less than that. The Stallions have allowed well under 20 points per game, too, and are third-best in the league in total points allowed while having the best offense by far. 

Stallions quarterback Alex McGough and tight end Jace Sternberger have been a dominant duo this season, with 7 of McGough’s 20 passing touchdowns going to the tight end.

For USFL fans, expect a blowout here. Stallions win the championship 31-14.

What Is the USFL?

The United States Football League (USFL) is a pro football league owned by Fox Sports that is scheduled to begin playing a ten-week season on April 15, 2023, with Daryl “Moose” Johnston serving as the new president after Brian Woods stepped down.

As opposed to attempting to compete with the NFL, the USFL will be more of a developmental league that will help hone and fine-tune the talented young players who are not quite ready to play in those ranks.

The USFL is considered ‘Spring Football’ and will run while the NFL is in the middle of its offseason, but it will have a bit of competition as the regular season began as the XFL regular season came to a close.

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The oddsmakers have already begun to choose their USFL favorites and underdogs, but keep in mind it’s mostly based on speculation and statistical predictions since these players and coaches and teams are relatively unproven so far.

For the best USFL odds and bet selection, check out our favorite mobile sportsbooks including DraftKings, Caesars, PointsBet, BetMGM, Hard Rock, and more, all with different odds and spreads so make sure to find the ones that make the best sense for you.

Be sure to check out our predictions article on USFL futures as well as weekly game previews that break down each matchup so you can get a better idea of which team has the best chance to win the game.

How to Watch the USFL

USFL Information
WhatUSFL – United States Football League
Where- Protective Stadium / Legion Field in Birmingham, AL
- Ford Field in Detroit, MI
- Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium in Memphis, TN
- Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH
WhenSaturday, April 15 through Sunday, July 1, 2023
How to watchFOX, NBC, Peacock, USA, FS1

USFL Location

In its first season, the USFL played in Birmingham, Alabama at Protective Stadium and Legion Field. They expanded to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Simmons Liberty Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee, and Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH. Legion Field will not be a site for USFL games in 2023. 

Here’s where each team will be based:

  • Protective Stadium: Birmingham Stallions and New Orleans Breakers
  • Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium: New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers
  • Ford Field: Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars
  • Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium: Memphis Showboats and Houston Gamblers

USFL Teams

There are eight teams in the USFL, and they are split into two divisions: the North Division and the South Division, and though they are all currently based out of Birmingham, Alabama, the teams represent a nominal area where their fans are expected to emerge.

Each of these eight teams revive the name and colors of teams in the 1980s version of the USFL, a situation that was allowable since the original trademarks had been abandoned at the time the current league acquired them as their own.

However, in 2023, the Tampa Bay Bandits rebranded as the Memphis Showboats. 

South Division
TeamHome Stadium
Birmingham StallionsBirmingham, Alabama
Houston GamblersMemphis, Tennessee
New Orleans BreakersBirmingham, Alabama
Memphis ShowboatsMemphis, Tennessee
North Division
TeamHome Stadium
Michigan PanthersDetroit, Michigan
New Jersey GeneralsCanton, Ohio
Philadelphia StarsDetroit, Michigan
Pittsburgh MaulersCanton, Ohio

USFL 2023 Players

Each of the eight teams in the USFL will roster 50 players. However, 40 of those players will dress on game day. The rosters were locked in, and the teams added more talent at the USFL Draft on February 21, 2023. There were 10 rounds, and 80 players were selected. The top pick was Michigan State offensive tackle, Jarrett Horst. The final selection of the draft was Grambling State cornerback Rey Estes.

USFL Head Coaches

The USFL will serve as a bit of a developmental league for head coaches and staff, as well, and some of these men are most likely using this opportunity to showcase their leadership and game planning skills for NFL owners to see.

Here are the eight new USFL head coaches who will be vying for the championship in 2022, a list that includes such NFL luminaries as Todd Haley and Jeff Fisher as well as some known college-level names including Skip Holtz and Larry Fedora.

South Division
TeamHead Coach
Birmingham StallionsSkip Holtz
Houston GamblersCurtis Johnson
New Orleans BreakersJohn DeFilippo
Memphis ShowboatsTodd Haley
North Division
TeamHead Coach
Michigan PanthersMike Nolan
New Jersey GeneralsMike Riley
Philadelphia StarsBart Andrus
Pittsburgh MaulersRay Horton

USFL Schedule

The USFL regular season will run for ten weeks from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, June 17 with two games played on Saturdays and two on Sundays throughout the schedule.

The top two teams from each division will make the postseason, with games being played on June 24 and June 25. The Championship will take place on July 1.

USFL 2023 Salary

The coaches and players in the USFL will make relatively good money for their work, though it pales in comparison to the multi-million dollar contracts of the NFL.

There are multiple ways to earn money playing in the USFL. Let’s break down each portion of a player’s potential salary: 

  • Active Player: $5,350 per week
  • Housing: $400 per week
  • Championship Win Bonus: $5,000
  • Inactive Player: $2,500 per week
  • Total max salary potential: $74,000

Additionally, $26,000 of benefits are allotted to each Player, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. This is allocated for retirement, training camp housing, and tuition-free education for Capella University or Strayer University. 

We compare USFL's salary, attendance, ratings and more with the XFL league. Have a look at our XFL vs USFL comparison

USFL Lawsuit

Can’t launch a new league using an old name without some legal drama, and right now the original USFL is suing the latest version of the USFL for several reasons:

  • trademark infringement
  • false advertising
  • false association related to their league name, logos, and uniforms

It gets tricky when it comes to what FOX is allowed to do while re-using the name ‘USFL,’ but Larry Csonka, the initial manager of “The Real USFL, LLC,” makes a valid point in terms of the brand’s worth when he said, “If the USFL doesn’t have any value, why did Fox want it?”

This lawsuit could delay the start of the USFL’s 2022 season, but chances are with this much money involved a compromise will be struck and Spring Football will launch on time and according to plan.

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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.

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