Division Leaders Clash in Week 8
The North and South Division’s first-place teams will go head-to-head when the Philadelphia Stars and Birmingham Stallions meet on Saturday. Each team is looking to stay on top of tight division races and extend their win streaks of three and two games, respectively, but according to USFL odds, Birmingham is favored in the matchup.
Stars Bounce Back
Though Philadelphia is riding a three-game win streak, its offense has been a bit slow during that time – until its most recent win.
The Stars’ 37 points were their most points this season, and after they failed to reach the end zone in the previous two games, they did so four times against Pittsburgh.
LET’S GO!!! 56 YARD TOUCHDOWN FOR @TheCoreyColeman 😤
We now lead 27-24 ⭐️ pic.twitter.com/a4TMjnWqBO
— Philadelphia Stars (@USFLStars) May 28, 2023
Philadelphia finished with 347 total yards, with quarterback Case Cookus leading a solid passing offense by throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
The Stars were able to get out of a funk, but they’ll face a strong defense in Birmingham, so bettors may want to see how the two match up before doing some USFL live betting.
Stallions Stand Tall
Birmingham picked up its second win in a row to move to the top of the league standings despite some struggles stopping New Orleans.
The Breakers lead the USFL in both total and passing yards, and they were able to rack up some yardage against the Stallions, finishing with 370 total yards – 261 of them coming in the air.
However, despite that and New Orleans making it to the red zone four times, Birmingham held the Breakers to 1-for-4 in red zone trips, limiting them to 20 points.
Defense has been key to the Stallions’ success this season. They are second in the league in points allowed and that will need to remain strong to keep up their win streak.
Stars vs Stallions Head-to-Head
The Stars and Stallions met once last season on May 15, where Birmingham won 30-17.
Stars vs Stallions Game Information
- Game: Stars vs Stallions
- Location: Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
- Day/Time: Saturday, June 3, 3 p.m. ET
- Stars vs Stallions Live Stream: NBCSports.com
Stars vs Stallions Betting Lines
Stars vs Stallions Picks and Prediction
Predicted Score: Stallions 27, Stars 17
- Worth Betting ATS?
The Stars have struggled this season in slowing stronger offensive teams. They have given up the most points to opponents this season, which should help Birmingham get to the end zone once again. The Stallions’ defense, meanwhile, should make things hard for an inconsistent Philly offense that should help Birmingham cover the 6½-point spread from USFL lines.
- Worth Betting the Totals?
The Stallions were able to score a good number of times against the Stars last season, and they should do so again in round two. However, with Philadelphia likely struggling to put up its own share of points, the two may stumble reaching the 45½-point total from the sportsbook.