2020 XFL Football Betting Odds

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2020 XFL Betting Odds

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Vince McMahon’s original concept of the XFL failed miserably. The WWF inspired league failed to keep the attention off football starved fans, and only lasted one season because of it. While it did have some memorable moments like the sprint for the football as well as personalities – who will ever forget “He Hate Me” – it didn’t live up to the standards of those that love to watch and bet on NFL and college football at online sportsbooks. The reboot version prides itself on providing more opportunities with big plays. A number of rules have been implemented for the 2020 season from kick-offs, to punts, to overtime that should have the NFL interested in how they reshape the game. Playbooks are expected to open wide up and the game sped up to provide exciting and unique opportunities for dual-threat players.

To make this league more serious to the casual observer, McMahon hired Oliver Luck – Andrew Luck’s father – as the league’s commissioner and chief executive officer. He left his previous position with the NCAA to take over XFL operations. McMahon also brought in a number of other NFL representatives to get the league off the ground, so the XFL is taking its revival quite seriously.

XFL Coaches

The regular season will be 10 weeks long followed by a two-week postseason. There are no bye weeks. The top two teams in each conference will compete in single elimination playoff games with the winners battling one another in the XFL Championship Game. The eight teams will be split into two conferences; the XFL East and West. The former includes the Seattle Dragons, Los Angeles Wildcats, Dallas Renegades and Houston Roughnecks while the latter includes the New York Guardians, DC Defenders, Tampa Bay Vipers and St. Louis BattleHawks. Some notable coaches and stadiums are also in the mix with Bob Stoops coaching Dallas, June Jones calling the shots for Houston, Kevin Gilbride overlooking the team in New York that will play at MetLife Stadium and Mark Trestman guiding the squad from Tampa Bay who will make Raymond James Stadium its home. The 12th Man of CenturyLink Field will also make itself heard as the home of the Dragons with Jim Zorn at the helm.

XFL Teams

TEAM LOCATION STADIUM
Eastern Conference
DC Defenders Washington, D.C. Audi Field
New York Guardians East Rutherford, New Jersey MetLife Stadium
St. Louis BattleHawks St. Louis, Missouri The Dome at America's Center
Tampa Bay Vipers Tampa, Florida Raymond James Stadium
Western Conference
Dallas Renegades Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington
Houston Roughnecks Houston, Texas TDECU Stadium
Los Angeles Wildcats Carson, California Dignity Health Sports Park
Seattle Dragons Seattle, Washington CenturyLink Field

XFL Rules

One of the XFL’s biggest attributes that has people talking heading into its inaugural campaign are the rules that set it apart from most traditional leagues. There are no point after kicks. There are no fair catches. There are no ties. There is no punting out of bounds without being penalized. Double forward passes are allowed!

In an effort to allow for the excitement of special teams to come back to the forefront, kick-offs are handled much differently than the NFL. Only the kicker and receiver are able to move at the kick off. The remaining players on both sides can’t move until the ball is caught or on the ground for three seconds. After that, their free to run, block and tackle. The hope is that it gives players and coaches the ability to create kick-off excitement that leads to more scoring.

Two forward passes are allowed in the XFL so long as the ball doesn’t pass the line of scrimmage. Fans of the classic arcade game NFL Blitz will be familiar with this! One of the more interesting rule changes are the points than can be accrued after scoring a touchdown. Teams will have the choice of going for the conventional 1-point conversion from the 2-yard line, a 2-point conversion from the 5-yard line and a more aggressive 3-point conversion from the 10-yard line. Should the defense force a turnover and return it all the way for a score, it would receive the same amount of points the offense was attempting. The thought here is that the multiple point after touchdown options give teams more chances to comeback with no lead ever being safe.

Coaches will no doubt be thinking twice about punting instead of going for it on fourth down. If a punt goes into the end zone, the receiving team gets the ball on their own 35-yard line. Any punt that travels out of bounds places the ball at the 35-yard line or wherever the ball left the field; whichever is best for the receiving team. The punting team also can’t cross the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked, so fair catches will likely be few and far between dependent upon the talent of the punter to hang it high. These rules were implemented in hopes of forcing coaches to go for it more on fourth down, while at the same time create exciting punt returns that result in more scoring.

Overtime is where the XFL sets itself apart from most other leagues; save for the NHL. It’s an all-out shootout that results in edge of your seat game ending action! There’s no coin toss, one-possession wins or ties. Each offense gets up to five one-play possessions to score from the 5-yard line. Teams will get 2-points for every successful conversion. Teams alternate plays until one team is mathematically eliminated. The defense can’t score; but a stop or turnover kills the scoring chance. The team with the most points after the five round shootout wins. If still tied, the shootout goes to single round eliminations until one team scores and the other doesn’t because the XFL is winner take all kind of football!

XFL 2020 Betting Schedule

WEEK 1
Saturday, February 8 Sunday, February 9
Seattle at DC - 2pm Tampa Bay at New York - 2pm
Los Angeles at Houston - 5pm St. Louis at Dallas - 5pm
WEEK 2
Saturday, February 15 Sunday, February 16
New York at DC - 2pm Dallas at Los Angeles - 3pm
Tampa Bay at Seattle - 5pm St. Louis at Houston - 6pm
WEEK 3
Saturday, February 22 Sunday, February 23
Houston at Tampa Bay - 2pm New York at St. Louis - 3pm
Dallas at Seattle - 5pm DC at Los Angeles - 6pm
WEEK 4
Saturday, February 29 Sunday, March 1
Los Angeles at New York - 2pm Houston at Dallas - 4pm
Seattle at St. Louis - 5pm DC at Tampa Bay - 7pm
WEEK 5
Saturday, March 7 Sunday, March 8
Seattle at Houston - 2pm St. Louis at DC - 3pm
New York at Dallas - 5pm Tampa Bay at Los Angeles - 9pm
WEEK 6
Saturday, March 14 Sunday, March 15
Houston at New York - 2pm Dallas at DC - 4pm
St. Louis at Tampa Bay - 5pm Los Angeles at Seattle - 7pm
WEEK 7
Saturday, March 21 Sunday, March 22
Dallas at Tampa Bay - 2pm New York at Seattle - 3pm
Los Angeles at St. Louis - 5pm DC at Houston - 6pm
WEEK 8
Saturday, March 28 Sunday, March 29
Tampa Bay at DC - 2pm Houston at Los Angeles - 3pm
St. Louis at New York - 5pm Seattle at Dallas - 6pm
WEEK 9
Thursday, April 2 Saturday, April 4 Sunday, April 5
Dallas at Houston - 8pm DC at New York - 2pm Tampa Bay at St. Louis - 12pm
  Seattle at Los Angeles - 6pm
WEEK 10
Thursday, April 9 Saturday, April 11 Sunday, April 12
Los Angeles at Dallas - 8pm Houston at Seattle - 2pm DC at St. Louis
  New York at Tampa Bay
PLAYOFFS
Saturday, April 18 Sunday, April 19
East 2 at East 1 - 3pm West 2 at West 1 - 3pm
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Sunday, April 26
East vs. West - 3pm
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