Stallions vs. Stars prediction, odds, spread: 2022 USFL Championship pick, expert’s best bets on a 12-6 run

The Birmingham Stallions will look to cap off a stellar season with the inaugural championship when they take on the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday in the 2022 USFL Championship. The Stallions have been the team to beat from the start, starting 8- 0 before a loss to the Houston Gamblers in Week 9. They bounced back to beat Tampa Bay in their final, then edged the New Orleans Breakers 31-17 last Saturday. They beat Philadelphia by the same scoreline in Week 5 of the regular season, but it might not be so easy this time around. The Stars upset the New Jersey Generals (9-1) in last Saturday’s other semifinal, and they just found ways to win.

Kickoff in Guangzhou is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Birmingham is a five-point favorite in the latest Stars vs Stallions odds at Caesars Sportsbook, and the plus-under for total runs scored is 45. Before you lock in Stallions vs Stars picks or USFL 2022 predictions, make sure to check out what SportsLine football expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been providing analysis of all levels of football since 2007. He is a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette and knows the game from a player’s perspective. Hunt is 24-18 on his USFL selections this season and has gone 12-6 over the past five weeks.

Now Hunt has broken down Stallions vs Stars from every angle. You can head over to SportsLine to see the choices. Here are the betting lines and tendencies for Stars vs Stallions:

  • Stallions vs. Stars: Birmingham -5
  • Stallions vs Stars over-under: 45
  • Silver line Stallions vs Stars: Birmingham -210, Philadelphia +175
  • Stallions: Birmingham are 10-1 overall but only 7-4 ATS.
  • Stars: Philadelphia is 7-4, 6-5 ATS.
  • Pick Stallions vs. Stars: See the picks on SportsLine

Why Stallions Can Cover

Birmingham still looked league class last week, when they scored 21 points in the second quarter. Those touchdowns came from all three phases. The offense began with a 72-yard drive, capped off by a 23-yard TD pass from J’Mar Smith to Osirus Mitchell. Then DeMarquis Gates returned an interception from 71 yards for a TD, and Victor Bolden took a kickoff from 90 yards for another. The explosion came early for what has been a second-half team all year.

The Stallions outscored their opponents by 65 points in the second half this year, and the offense led the South Division with 23.4 points per game. The defense led the USFL in points allowed at 16.9. Gates was named to the USFL All-Defensive Team after going 6.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

Why the Stars can cover

Philadelphia had lost twice in the regular season to New Jersey, which also went 9-1. Still, he managed to pull off the upset as a 4.5-point underdog despite not playing his best. Maurice Alexander returned an 87-yard punt for the winning margin with 1:41 left in the game after the Stars’ typically prolific offense struggled. Philly led the league in scoring during the regular season, averaging 26.2 points per game, nearly three more points than any other team.

The Stars’ defense was very opportunistic, as they led the USFL in takeout points (22) and turnover margin (plus-8). Defensive back Channing Stribling, who led the USFL with seven interceptions, is expected to be back from injury on Sunday. The offense’s fortunes changed when QB Case Cookus took over, and he completed 62.5% of his throws, with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions in his seven starts. The backfield is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, the best in the USFL.

How to make Star vs. Stallions picks in the USFL title game

For Sunday night’s USFL Championship, Hunt looks at the total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the gap a must. He shares what it is and which side to support, only at SportsLine.

So who wins the Stallions vs. the Stars in Sunday’s USFL Championship? And what critical X-factor makes a team a must-play? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Stars vs Stallions spread you should be on all over Sunday night, all from the expert who’s been locked in on the trends of these two teams.

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