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Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship: Roughnecks Running Over The League

We’re five weeks into the XFL schedule and the Houston Roughnecks look to be head and shoulders above the competition. They’re a perfect 5-0 SU and are the unquestioned favorite to win the XFL championship.

The Roughnecks sit at +160 to win the title in the inaugural season of the rebooted XFL while leading the league in total touchdowns. Behind the Roughnecks are the St. Louis BattleHawks (+375), who are 3-2 SU through five games and are tied with the DC Defenders (+400) in the XFL East Division.

Those are three of the four squads that have a winning record in the XFL and the title odds increase significantly for the remaining five teams. The Dallas Renegades (+700) are next on the oddsboard followed by the New York Guardians (+850), Los Angeles Wildcats (+900), Tampa Bay Vipers (+2500) and Seattle Dragons (+5000) to round out the league.

Roughnecks’ Offense Can’t Be Stopped

Houston, which leads the XFL with 21 touchdowns and has yet to be held under 27 points in a game, should be the fave to win the title based on its offense alone. QB PJ Walker has been slinging the ball through five games and tops the league with 15 touchdowns to go with 1,338 passing yards while only tossing four interceptions.

The one thing that could be a troublesome sign is the Roughnecks’ margin of victory – all five wins have been by a single score, with their most one-sided win coming in Week 5 by eight points. The upcoming schedule should dictate Houston’s odds going forward with a road game on tap vs the New York Guardians and then a home matchup with the DC Defenders.

Don’t Sleep On The BattleHawks

The odds to win the XFL championship keep dropping for the St. Louis BattleHawks, who were as high as +600 going into Week 3 and now sit at +325 after Week 5. The BattleHawks are 3-2 SU through five games, although they got stifled by the DC Defenders this past weekend and were limited to only six points, their lowest output of the season.

QB Jordan Ta’amu has been up and down through the season but Week 5 may have been an anomaly as he still completed 60 percent of his passes but couldn’t get into the end zone. It may not get easier for the BattleHawks in Week 6 as they have to face a rejuvenated Tampa Bay Vipers squad that has been scoring at will since Week 3. The Vipers sit at 1-4 SU but have scored 59 points over their last two games.

Here is the full list of XFL championship odds:

Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship
Team (Record)Odds
Houston Roughnecks (5-0)+160
St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2)+325
DC Defenders (3-2)+400
Dallas Renegades (2-3)+700
New York Guardians (3-2)+850
Los Angeles Wildcats (2-3)+900
Tampa Bay Vipers (1-4)+2500
Seattle Dragons (1-4)+5000

Odds as of March 11 at  Bovada

Some New Rules In Place

Bettors need to take note of some of the rule changes for the XFL in 2020 in comparison to the first incarnation of the league in 2001 or how they deviate from NFL rules. 

One of the interesting rule changes for the revamped league is that PATs have been tossed to the side and, instead, teams have the option to run a play from different spots to convert it into points. For example, a two-yard attempt after a touchdown is worth one point, a five-yard attempt is worth two points and a 10-yard attempt is worth three points. This new rule will legitimately change how bettors approach XFL football totals for the upcoming season.

The pace of the game seems to be a trending issue for the XFL too. Each team gets only two timeouts per half, replay reviews are limited to 60 seconds and there are no coaches’ challenges as a sky judge/replay booth initiates reviews.

There are a lot more rule changes in effect but these are likely the ones that will impact betting lines the most and should be incorporated into your handicapping. You could also find an edge for the spreads or totals by line shopping so make sure to check out our sportsbook reviews before locking in your bets.