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Odds to Win the AAF Championship: Here’s Johnny!

Johnny Manziel #2 of the Memphis Express talks with Trent Richardson #33 of the Birmingham Iron after the game at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis won 31-25 in overtime.

Entering Week 8 of the AAF regular season, the odds on which team is going to win the first championship in league history remain on the move.

The Orlando Apollos remain the +115 favorites at Bovada, with the Arizona Hotshots (+325), San Antonio Commanders (+350), Birmingham Iron (+500), San Diego Fleet (+1200), Memphis Express (+6600), Atlanta Legends (+8000) and Salt Lake Stallions (+8000) comprising the field.

Can anyone knock off the Apollos?

The Apollos own the best record in the AAF at 6-1 SU and are the rightful favorites. The biggest jump from last week goes to the Commanders, who were +500 entering Week 7. San Antonio topped Salt Lake 19-15 last weekend to win its fourth game in a row and sits in sole possession of first place in the West Division at 5-2.

San Diego and Salt Lake were the biggest losers of Week 7, and it wasn’t particularly close. The Fleet fell to Arizona 32-15 in a disappointing effort and saw their championship odds fall from +750 to +1200. After their setback to San Antonio, the Stallions’ AAF title odds dropped from +2000 to their current price of +8000.

Johnny Football is back

The most interesting storyline right now undoubtedly belongs to Johnny Manziel and the Express. One week after signing with the team, the former Heisman Trophy winner came on in relief of Brandon Silvers in the second quarter and led the Express to a 31-25 overtime triumph over the Fleet.

Manziel finished the game 24 of 35 with 266 passing yards and two touchdowns. Bovada clearly believes the Express can make a late-season push, as the sportsbook lowered Memphis’ odds to win the championship from +15000 to +6600 in less than a week.

Stay tuned for my AAF Week 8 Betting Preview that will come out on Friday. Who do you think is going to go all the way on the gridiron? Have your say in the comments.

2019 Alliance of American Football Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Orlando Apollos+115
Arizona Hotshots+325
San Antonio Commanders+350
Birmingham Iron+500
San Diego Fleet+1200
Memphis Express+6600
Atlanta Legends+8000
Salt Lake Stallions+8000

Odds as of March 27 at Bovada

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We’re more than halfway through the inaugural Alliance of American Football season, and according to oddsmakers, the Orlando Apollos remain the team to beat.

The Apollos are the +120 favorites to win the AAF title, with the Arizona Hotshots (+400), Birmingham Iron (+450), San Antonio Commanders (+500) and San Diego Fleet (+750) rounding out the top five at the shop.

Apollos suffer first loss of the season

Orlando suffered its first loss of the season in a 22-17 setback to Arizona in Week 6 but is still sitting firmly ahead of the pack at 5-1 SU. The Apollos, coached by longtime college bench boss Steve Spurrier, have scored a league-high 166 points through six weeks. Starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert leads the league in all major passing categories with 10 touchdowns and 1,625 yards through the air to go along with only one interception.

There’s been some movement on the oddsboard over the past few weeks, but no team is on the rise quite like the Commanders. San Antonio, which was priced at +1100 prior to Week 5, hammered the Atlanta Legends 37-6 last week and is sitting in first place in the West Division as a result.

Watch out for the Commanders

Despite playing their last four games on the road, the Commanders have won three in a row and now head home for three contests in Texas. San Antonio’s offense has been red-hot and scored 26 first-half points against the Legends. That marked the second week in a row the Commanders scored 26 points in the first half, doing the same against Arizona in Week 5.

Stay tuned for my AAF Week 7 betting preview which will be coming out on Friday. Who do you think is going to go all the way this season? Have your say in the comment section.

2019 Alliance of American Football Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Orlando Apollos+120
Arizona Hotshots+400
Birmingham Iron+450
San Antonio Commanders+500
San Diego Fleet+750
Salt Lake Stallions+2000
Atlanta Legends+4000
Memphis Express+15000

Odds as of March 20 at Bovada

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We’re a month into the inaugural Alliance of American Football season, and one team has separated itself from the pack as the clear favorite to win the first championship in league history.

The undefeated Orlando Apollos are the +150 front-runners to claim the hardware at Bovada, with the Arizona Hotshots (+275), Birmingham Iron (+350), San Diego Fleet (+750) and San Antonio Commanders (+1100) comprising the rest of the top five teams at the shop.

Orlando remains the lone undefeated team in the AAF and saw its championship price increase from +200 to +150 in light of last week’s 20-11 triumph over the Salt Lake Stallions. Apollos quarterback Garrett Gilbert is head and shoulders above the rest of the signal-callers in the league, ending the game with 244 yards and a score through the air. Gilbert has at least one touchdown pass in every game this season.

Are the Hotshots in trouble?

Elsewhere on the oddsboard, the Hotshots fell to 2-2 after losing 14-11 to the Atlanta Legends, as the Legends picked up their first victory of the season in the process. On the heels of their second straight defeat, the Hotshots saw their AAF title odds fall from +240 to +275.

The biggest riser of the week was the Commanders, who were available for a price of +1400 prior to last week’s 12-11 victory over the Iron. San Antonio committed two turnovers while gaining only 256 yards on offense, but 142 of those came on the ground from running back Kenneth Farrow II. San Antonio takes on Arizona on the road this week and can continue to make its case as an AAF contender if it can come away with a win.

Stay tuned for my AAF Week 5 betting preview which will be coming on Friday. Here’s a look at Bovada’s full list of odds:

2019 Alliance of American Football Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Orlando Apollos+150
Arizona Hotshots+275
Birmingham Iron+350
San Diego Fleet+750
San Antonio Commanders+1100
Salt Lake Stallions+1400
Atlanta Legends+4000
Memphis Express+4000

Odds as of March 7 at Bovada

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The inaugural Alliance of American Football season is only three weeks old, but sportsbooks are already gearing up for the playoffs by offering championship odds for the new football league. According to oddsmakers, the Orlando Apollos are the favorites to go all the way.

The Apollos are the +200 front-runners to win the title at Bovada, with the Arizona Hotshots (+240), Birmingham Iron (+275), San Diego Fleet (+650), Salt Lake Stallions (+1200), San Antonio Commanders (+1400), Memphis Express (+5000) and Atlanta Legends (+6600) rounding out the field.

Apollos, Iron have separated themselves from the pack

At 3-0 SU, the Apollos and Iron are the only undefeated teams remaining in the AAF. Led by longtime head coach Steve Spurrier, the Apollos are the most well-coached team in the league and have the best offense by a wide margin. With four of its next five on the road, Orlando is going to be tested over the next month, but bettors should figure to see the Apollos at the top of odds lists for the remainder of the campaign.

On the other side of the fence, the Express and Legends are still looking for their first wins. There’s still plenty of time for both clubs to pick up momentum, yet the 10-week regular season means they’re already behind the 8-ball in that regard.

Memphis is hoping a new face under center can provide a shot in the arm as Zach Mettenberger looked much better than Christian Hackenberg in last week’s 21-17 setback to the Apollos.

Which squad do you think is going to claim the AAF title? Have your say in the comment section. Stay tuned for my AAF Week 4 betting preview which will be coming out on Friday.

2019 Alliance of American Football Championship Odds
TeamOdds
Orlando Apollos+200
Arizona Hotshots+240
Birmingham Iron+275
San Diego Fleet+650
Salt Lake Stallions+1200
San Antonio Commanders+1400
Memphis Express+5000
Atlanta Legends+6600

Odds as of February 27 at Bovada