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UFL Week 10: Playoff Previews on Tap in Regular-Season Finales

No. 1 Draft Pick in 2025 Also at Stake

This is the last week of the UFL inaugural season, and it might be the most interesting for UFL picks. Last week, the two favorites to win the UFL championship were the Birmingham Stallions and St. Louis Battlehawks. And both teams lost.

In addition, while the playoff matchups are set up, everyone will get a preview of each conference game in Week 10. The Michigan Panthers and Stallions, who will play in the USFL conference title game, are matched up this week.

UFL Week 10: Playoff Previews on Tap in Regular-Season Finales
Javin White #11 of the Michigan Panthers - Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Then, in the XFL, the Battlehawks will host the first-place San Antonio Brahmas, with the winner getting home-field advantage the following week in their playoff matchup.

Furthermore, even a matchup between the two worst teams in the league, the Houston Roughnecks and the Memphis Showboats, will be intriguing. The winner of the game will get the first pick in every round of the next UFL draft, immediately making this a competitive final game of the season.

 

Saturday, June 1

 

Michigan Panthers (7-2) at Birmingham Stallions (8-1), noon (ESPN)

We already know this will be the USFL title game, which can complicate betting on this Week 10 matchup. On top of that, since the Stallions have already clinched home-field advantage for when these teams match up next weekend, the stakes are not high in this game. Both teams will want to save some stuff for their playoff matchup, so this might be a close, low-scoring game, with neither team doing too much.

Last week, the Panthers faced the Roughnecks, a team playing for the first overall pick in Week 10, and narrowly won 26-22. Quarterback Bryce Perkins had a standout game, passing for 121 yards, one touchdown and an interception while rushing for 76 yards and adding two more scores. However, the defense allowed 19 points in the third quarter, which forced the Panthers to come back and win the game by outsourcing Houston 14-0 in the fourth quarter.

On the other hand, the Stallions suffered their first loss of the season last week, losing 18-9 to the Brahmas. The Brahmas are a good team who are a win away from finishing atop the XFL, but the Stallions’ offense let them down in the loss. They averaged the second most points per game this season (27.2) but only mustered up nine last week. The likely league MVP, Adrian Martinez, had a solid game, passing for 211 yards and a touchdown while adding 56 yards on the ground, but a late-game inception was the deciding factor.

 

 

San Antonio Brahmas (7-2) at St. Louis Battlehawks (6-3), 4 p.m. (FOX)

Similar to the first game on Saturday, the Brahmas and Battlehakws will be matched up in the first round of the playoffs. That will make this game a challenge to bet on, with both teams wanting to keep some strategy in their back pocket. However, the winner of the game will get home-field advantage in the playoff matchup. That will be crucial for the Battlehawks, who are 4-0 at home this season.

The Brahmas have pulled off the biggest win of their season last week, ending the Stallions’ undefeated run with an 18-9 win at home. The Brahmas’ defense has allowed the fewest points per game this season (15.6) and proved that by holding one of the top offenses in the UFL to just nine points. While their offense was nothing special, the Brahmas found success running the ball led by Anthony McFarland, who had 81 yards on 15 carries. Morgan Ellison only had 30 yards on 12 carries but added two scores.

Things went much differently for the Battlehawks last week. They were in line to get a win over the Arlington Renegades and coast into home-field advantage for the playoffs. However, the Battlehawks lost 36-22. Their defense gave up 345 yards, well above their season average of 258.4 per game, the second-fewest this season.

Furthermore, quarterback AJ McCarron is still injured, leading to Manny Wilkins getting the start. Wilkins was solid in throwing for 179 yards, rushing for 51 and accounting for three touchdowns. However, he also threw three interceptions, his final one being returned for a touchdown.

 

 

Sunday, June 2

 

Arlington Renegades (2-7) at D.C. Defenders (4-5), noon (ABC)

With the other three games this week having something on the line, the matchup between the Renegades and D.C. Defenders will go by the wayside. The Renegades did pull off a massive upset in their last game, beating the Battlehawks 36-22. While the Renegades are the reigning XFL champions, this season didn’t go as planned. They have had impressive moments, and last week was one of them. Quarterback Luis Perez had a great game, torching the Battlehawks’ defense for 259 yards and three touchdowns.

The Defenders also picked up a win last week, making quick work of the Showboats, beating them 36-21. They held a 22-7 lead at halftime, which went up to 30-7 before the start of the fourth quarter. Jordan Ta’amu completed 20 of 24 pass attempts for 237 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Defenders did allow 14 points in the fourth quarter, but the game was already over. While there is not much to play for in this game, the Defenders have a chance to finish .500 this season.

UFL Pick: D.C. Defenders -3 (-115)

 

Houston Roughnecks (1-8) at Memphis Showboats (1-8), 7 p.m. (FOX)

In most leagues, when the two teams with the worst records match up, the game is usually about which team can lose the quickest and earn the top pick in the draft. That is different from what the UFL is doing. The winner between the Roughnecks and Showboats will get the top pick in every round of the next draft, immediately making this matchup much more enjoyable.

Even though the Roughnecks lost 26-22 to the Panthers last week, they once again put up a fight. The Roughnecks scored 19 points in the third quarter to make it a close game. In fact, of the Roughnecks’ eight losses this season, six of them have been by less than double figures. They have at least kept games competitive this season, which should give them an advantage over the Showboats.

On the other hand, the Showboats have been far worse. They have lost their last eight straight games, with six being by 10 or more points. The Showboats have not been able to keep games close, which was on display when the Defenders beat them 36-21. Neither team is playing well, but UFL odds will favor the Roughnecks, who have at least shown an ability to keep games close.

UFL Pick: Houston Roughnecks -1 (-115)

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team is still favored to win the UFL Championship?


Despite the end of their undefeated season, the Stallions are still -145 favorites to win the UFL championship.

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