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2023 USFL title odds, host cities and finest matchups

The USFL’s Season 2 schedule has been released, with four different cities hosting games in the 2023 regular season.Let’s take a look at some key things to know.WHAT ARE THE HOST CITIES?Birmingham, Alabama: All eight teams played their regular-season games in Birmingham last season. This season, Birmingham will serve as the host city for the

2023 USFL title odds, host cities and finest matchups

The USFL’s Season 2 schedule has been launched, with 4 completely different cities internet hosting video games within the 2023 common season.

Let’s check out some key issues to know.

WHAT ARE THE HOST CITIES?

Birmingham, Alabama: All eight groups performed their regular-season video games in Birmingham final season. This season, Birmingham will function the host metropolis for the Birmingham Stallions and New Orleans Breakers.
Memphis: Internet hosting Memphis Showboats and Houston Gamblers.
Detroit: Internet hosting the Michigan Panthers and Philadelphia Stars.
Canton: Internet hosting the New Jersey Generals and Pittsburgh Maulers.

[The week-by-week 2023 USFL schedule]

WHO IS FAVORED TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023?

Listed below are the early championship futures, by way of FOX Bet:

Stallions: +300
Generals: +325
Breakers: +500
Showboats: +500
Stars: +550
Gamblers: +600
Panthers: +700
Maulers: +800

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WHAT ARE THE MOST INTERESTING GAMES IN THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF THE SEASON? 

1. Week 1: Philadelphia at Memphis at Simmons Financial institution Liberty Stadium (April 15, 4:30 p.m. ET)

That is the primary time spring league soccer will likely be performed in Memphis in 40 years. 

The Showboats, who’ve adopted Memphis after the town made clear its curiosity in internet hosting a USFL franchise, will function former Arkansas and Seattle Seahawks working again Alex Collins, Oklahoma defensive sort out Dillon Faamatau and return speedy huge receiver John Franklin III.

2. Week 1: Generals at Stallions (April 15, 7:30 p.m. ET)

The Stallions and the Generals gave us a thriller final 12 months on this opening spot. J’Mar Smith got here off the bench to steer the Stallions to a comeback win in entrance of their house crowd, 28-24 at Protecting Stadium 291 days in the past. 

The eventual league MVP — KaVontae Turpin — had seven touches for 97 yards on this sport. He grew to become an All-Professional kick returner for the Dallas Cowboys final season and a poster for what this league can do for its gamers’ NFL probabilities. 

New Jersey coach Mike Riley, who famously was the one faculty soccer coach to look at Tom Brady play highschool soccer, returns quarterback De’Andre Johnson on a staff that can look to earn a spot within the USFL title sport this summer season. 

USFL Prolonged Highlights: Stallions defeat Generals

Within the inaugural sport of the US Soccer League, the Birmingham Stallions edged the New Jersey Generals 28-24.

3. Week 2: Panthers on the Stars in Canton (April 23, 7 p.m. ET)

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Philadelphia coach Bart Andrus’ familiarity with soccer leagues outdoors the NFL and faculty may’ve given him an edge most USFL coaches did not have on this league — expertise. Andrus is 2-0 in opposition to the Panthers.

It confirmed final June when the Stars throttled the Panthers 46-24 and racked up greater than 400 yards as they rounded right into a staff that fell only one sport in need of profitable the inaugural USFL title.

Nonetheless, with former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, the Panthers may current a novel problem, as will probably be Nolan, a defensive-minded coach, in opposition to maybe the USFL’s most progressive.

4. Week 3: Breakers at Stallions (April 29, 12:30 p.m. ET) 

The Stallions earned their South Division playoff victory over the Breakers 31-17. Jordan Ellis had two TDs in that sport 225 days in the past. 

Victor Bolden, each a Stallion and a Denver Bronco in 2022, took a second-quarter kickoff and made a home name within the shadow of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame. DeMarquis Gates, each a Stallion and a Chicago Bear in 2022, picked one off and ran it again.

Whereas the Breakers return three All-USFL picks on protection alone, they have a brand new head coach in John DeFilippo. He is from Youngstown, Ohio, performed ball at Youngstown State, and is a second-generation coach. He was an NFL coordinator for 3 franchises. That is his first alternative to be a head coach.

DeFilippo coached Mark Sanchez, who was simply the second rookie QB in NFL historical past to win a number of playoff video games. He additionally received a Tremendous Bowl with Nick Foles and the Eagles, beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots within the course of. 

With former Alabama A&M quarterback Aqeel Glass trying to win the beginning job, the Breakers may show to be one of the crucial gifted franchises within the league in 2023. At 6-foot-5, 220 kilos, Glass led A&M to its first-ever HBCU soccer nationwide title within the spring of 2021 and first SWAC title since 2006.

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Victor Bolden’s season highlights

Try the highest highlights from Birmingham’s Victor Bolden.

5. Week 3: Maulers at Stars in Detroit (April 30, 12 p.m ET)

This sport will function two of probably the most adaptive play-callers within the sport final 12 months — Andrus, who took his staff to the championship sport with a backup QB, and Jarren Horton whose protection was terribly stout. 

However Horton goes to have an amazing household tie to his head coach. What are you able to inform us about Ray Horton?

He has received three Tremendous Bowls, two as a coach. Like his predecessor, that is his first likelihood to be a head coach after 4 stunts as a protection or coordinator within the NFL. He has been teaching ball for greater than 30 years.

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