The reborn USFL begins play in 2022 with a 10-game regular season and eight teams, including the Michigan Panthers. The latest edition of the Panthers—who won the inaugural USFL title way back in 1983, btw—features some familiar faces, including former Wolverines starter Shea Patterson.
Weekly Panthers odds are expected at all legal Michigan online sportsbooks, and here’s how you can get in on it.
Best Panthers live odds in Michigan
Legal betting sites in Michigan will have odds for the Panthers and the rest of the USFL throughout the season. Pregame odds come out early in the week and remain active up until kickoff. Player props should also be available. See below for the current live odds on the Panthers games and futures.
How to open an online betting account in Michigan
To bet on the Panthers online in Michigan, you’ll need an account with a legal sportsbook. You can be up and running in minutes. Here’s what you need to do.
- From your computer or phone, click any odds on this page.
- Register with the sportsbook by entering your info and following the prompts.
- Take a minute or two to check out the layout and get a feel for the site.
- Make a deposit or use any free bets you’ve received.
- Check out the latest Panthers odds and get set to bet.
Panthers betting lines explained
The standard football betting line includes the odds for the big three pregame bets: moneyline, spreads, and totals. When you visit an online sportsbook and click on the football link, just drill through to get to the latest Panthers betting odds.
|New Jersey Generals||+120||+2.5 (-110)||49.5 (-110)|
|Michigan Panthers||-140||-2.5 (-110)||49.5 (-110)|
Beginning with the moneyline, odds are negative for favorites and positive for underdogs. Spreads and totals include the number set by the sportsbook and the actual odds for placing the bet. For this contest, the Panthers are the moneyline and spread favorite in a game with an estimated total of 49.5 points. Here’s how the main types of bets work.
- Moneyline: Just make your pick on which team you think will win the game.
- Spread: Take the favorite minus the points or the dog plus the number. Your choice has to cover the spread for you to win.
- Totals: Choose Over or Under on the total number of points scored in the game.
The main pregame bets for football games are heavily bet, but they’re far from the only way to get involved. Let’s take a look at the other top ways to bet on the USFL at Michigan online sportsbooks.
Prop betting for Michigan Panthers games
Available prop bets can be found by clicking through the main game listing. There will be props that revolve around the game as a whole, as well as on what the individual teams will do. The most popular prop markets tend to be player props. Examples of what Panthers props you can bet on include:
- Players to score a TD or 2+ TDs
- Over/Unders on yardage – pass, rush, receive
- Player attempts, carries, and receptions
- Defensive player stats – tackles, sacks, etc.
- Kicking game props, PATs, field goals
Props let you dig even deeper into the action on the field while providing additional rooting interest as the contest plays out. When betting on individual players, it’s comparable to playing fantasy sports. If your game picks wind up going south, you can still have chances to win if your prop selections hit the mark.
In-game betting on Michigan Panthers
After the kickoff of the game, live betting lets you keep on wagering as the contest plays out. This is real-time sports betting, and it moves really fast. The odds and opportunities will be continually updated while the action plays out on the field. Examples of what you can bet on include:
- Real-time sports odds for Panthers moneyline, spreads, and totals
- Bet on smaller portions of the game like quarters, halves, and overtime
- New prop betting opportunities
For live betting, Michigan sportbooks apps are the way to go. Once you log in on the small screen, you can keep your eyes on the market as you enjoy the game itself.
Michigan Panthers futures market
Betting on sports futures lets you take a long-term view on results that won’t be known until a later date. For the USFL, you can bet on which team you think will win it all this season. Here’s what the current odds board looks like over at FanDuel Sportsbook in Michigan.
There are odds listed out for all of the teams in the league. The Panthers and Bandits were the pre-season favorites at odds of +450.
If you place a $100 bet on either of those clubs and they go on to take down the crown, you’ll get back $450 in profit.
Futures odds can also help you out with research as it provides you with a real-time glimpse at the overall perception of a team, at least as far as the sportsbook and the betting public are concerned.
What are the teams in the new USFL?
The original USFL lasted for three seasons in the 1980s and featured several legendary stars, including Jim Kelly, Reggie White, and Steve Young.
The new USFL has eight teams split into two divisions. The team names harken back to the 1980s version of the league, while all of the squads are based in big football markets. Here’s what the divisional alignment looks like.
|North Division||South Division|
|Michigan Panthers||Birmingham Stallions|
|New Jersey Generals||Houston Gamblers|
|Philadelphia Stars||New Orleans Breakers|
|Pittsburgh Maulers||Tampa Bay Bandits|
Teams will be playing a 10-week regular-season schedule followed by the postseason. For the inaugural season, all games are being held in Birmingham, AL, while the postseason will shift over to Canton, OH.
Who did the Panthers take in the first USFL Draft?
As a new league, USFL teams were stocked with players at the first USFL Draft in 2022. There were 35 rounds with 280 players selected in total over two days. The draft was set up with fairness in mind as each of the rounds was designated for specific position groups.
On day one, teams had their pick of quarterbacks in round one. It was defensive ends in rounds two through four, followed by offensive tackles, cornerbacks, and another set of QBs to finish out the 12 rounds. Here’s who the Panthers nabbed by round on the first day.
- QB Shea Patterson, Michigan
- DE Adewale Adeoye, Utah State
- DE Cavon Walker, Maryland
- DE Chase DeMoor, Eastern Washington
- OT Keith Williams, Colorado State
- OT Teton Saltes, New Mexico
- OT Josh Dunlop, UTSA
- CB Tino Ellis, Maryland
- CB Jameson Houston, Baylor
- CB Dominique Martin, Tarleton State
- CB Jalin Burrell, New Mexico
- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
For day two of the draft, it started with wide receivers in rounds 13-17 and wrapped up with long snappers in round 35. Here are some of the notable players selected by the Panthers
- WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Ole Miss
- WR Lance Lenoir, Western Illinois
- S Orion Stewart, Baylor
- C Sean Pollard, Clemson
- LB Taiwan Jones, Michigan State
- G Marquel Garrell, Auburn
- DT TJ Carter, Kentucky
- RB Stevie Scott III, Indiana
- RB Reggie Corbin, Illinois
- LB Terry Myrick, Eastern Michigan
- TE Joseph Magnifico, Memphis
- TE La’Michael Pettway, Iowa State
About a month afterward, the USFL held a supplemental draft. The Panthers’ first pick was DB Warren Saba from East Carolina. All told, they picked up 10 more players. For the permanent roster, each USFL club can have 38 active players and seven members of the practice squad.
Who is the head coach of the Panthers?
Jeff Fisher was hired as head coach and general manager of the Panthers in January 2022. He brings a lengthy football resume to the table. Fisher played college ball at USC and went on to be a 7th round selection of the Chicago Bears in the 1981 NFL Draft.
After his playing career wrapped up in 1985 as a member of the Super Bowl XX champion Bears, Fisher entered the coaching ranks. He joined the staff in Chicago as a defensive assistant and steadily worked his way up the ranks from there.
Fisher was head coach of the Tennessee Titans from 1995-2010, followed by a stint with the Los Angeles Rams from 2012-2016. Prior to taking the Panthers gig, he was serving in an advisory role with Tennessee State.
Panthers USFL schedule 2022
The USFL regular season lasts for 10 weeks, beginning in mid-April and wrapping up in June. For the Panthers, here’s what the schedule looked like for the inaugural season.
|1||vs. Houston Gamblers|
|2||@ New Jersey Generals|
|3||vs. Pittsburgh Maulers|
|4||vs. Philadelphia Stars|
|5||@ Tampa Bay Bandits|
|6||@ Birmingham Stallions|
|7||vs. New Orleans Breakers|
|8||@ Philadelphia Stars|
|9||vs. New Jersey Generals|
|10||@ Pittsburgh Maulers|
Clubs play each of the teams in the same division twice for a total of six games with the remaining four contested against the clubs from the opposing division.
Where are USFL games being held?
For its first season, USFL games were held exclusively in Birmingham, AL at a pair of fields. Teams were still designated as home or away for the contests. Here are some of the key details about both venues.
- Legion Field
- Location: 400 Graymont Ave. West, Birmingham, AL
- Owner: City of Birmingham
- Capacity: 71,594
- Surface: Field Turf
- Opened: 1927
- Other Events: Pro and college football
- Protective Stadium
- Location: 1020 24th St. North, Birmingham, AL
- Owner: Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Authority
- Capacity: 47,100
- Surface: Synthetic Turf/Natural Sod
- Opened: 2021
- Other events: Soccer, college football
The 2022 postseason shifted locations over to Canton, OH, the home city of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with games held at:
- Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
- Location: 1835 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton, OH
- Owner: Hall of Fame Village
- Capacity: 23,000
- Surface; Turf Nation
- Opened: 1938 (formerly known as Fawcett Stadium)
- Other events: Pro and college football
How to watch and stream USFL games
The USFL may be the new kid in town when it comes to pro sports, but the league has aligned itself with a pair of heavy-hitting broadcast partners. You can catch games on a combo of the following TV and streaming outlets.
- Fox and FS1
- NBC, Peacock, and USA Network
Spring football has been a tough nut to crack. The original USFL had some success in the 1980s, while the NFL had a developmental league in the 1990s that started as the WLAF and evolved into NFL Europe.
In recent times, the AAF and XFL started to play with much fanfare before ceasing operations, but the latter has plans to return in the future under new ownership. For now, the USFL has the spring pigskin spotlight to itself and high-profile exposure on the tube.
Were the original Panthers any good?
Yes, the original Panthers were a big factor for the first two years of the original USFL’s three-year run. The ‘83 team, led by QB Bobby Hebert and WR Anthony Carter, cruised to a 12-6 regular season record.
Michigan took down the Oakland Invaders in the divisional playoff round, and followed that up with a 24-22 victory over the Philadelphia Stars to win the first-ever USFL Championship. Hebert was MVP of the title tilt while throwing for 319 yards and three scores.
In 1984, the team ripped out of the gates at 6-0, but a four-game skid quickly brought the Panthers back down to earth. Hebert had another solid season behind center, but Carter was lost for the year to injury in Week 6.
Michigan would win just four more games after the hot start, wrapping up the year at 10-8. That was still good enough for a spot in the playoffs, but they were dropped by the Los Angeles Express in a triple-overtime thriller.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all roses and daisies behind the scenes. The club ran into some financial difficulties, culminating in a merger with the Oakland Invaders for the 1985 campaign, the last year of play for the original USFL.