How to watch USFL on Sunday: TV channel, streaming, preview of three scheduled games

The inaugural season of the United States Football League – in its rebooted form – is almost here, as the season kicks off with four games this weekend. The USFL hasn’t played in 37 years, but this spring it will return as a new league of the same name.

It’s an eight-team league with a 10-week regular season and a two-week postseason (here’s everything you need to know). The USFL is divided into the North Division and the South Division, with four teams each. The inaugural draft took place in February, allowing each team to select 35 players. A secondary draft was held in March, where teams added 10 more players (here’s a look at each team’s roster).

The names of each team are a nod to the original USFL teams, which existed from 1983 to 1985. The season kicks off Saturday with a prime-time game between the New Jersey Generals and the Birmingham Stallions, and each regular season weekend will have four games. . Below, we’ll explain how you can watch all four games this Saturday and Sunday. They’ll all take place in Birmingham, Alabama, and you can stream them on fuboTV (try it out for free).

USFL Week 1 Schedule

MATCH DATE HOUR NETWORK/BROADCAST

New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions

Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET

Fox, NBC, fuboTV (Try it for free)

Houston Gamblers vs. Michigan Panthers

Sunday, April 17, 12 p.m. ET

NBC, fubo TV

Philadelphia stars at the New Orleans Breakers

Sunday, April 17, 4 p.m. ET

United States, fuboTV

Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers

Sunday, April 17, 8 p.m. ET

FS1, fubo TV

Houston Gamblers vs. Michigan Panthers

The Houston Gamblers and Michigan Panthers have the first Sunday slot April 17 at 12 p.m.

The Panthers have the second-best odds to win the USFL Championship this season at +450, while the Gamblers have odds of +700 and are ranked 7th in the CBS Sports Power Rankings.

The Panthers’ strengths lie in their coach-quarterback duo of well-known former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher and former Michigan Wolverines star Shea Patterson. Patterson was the No. 1 pick in the USFL draft and the Panthers nabbed another quarterback, former Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch, also in the draft.

On the other side of the ball, the Gamblers have former North West QB Clayton Thorson, who was taken in the first round and has some NFL experience. He can also provide help on the field, judging by his college resume, which includes 20 rushing touchdowns.

How to watch Houston Gamblers at Michigan Panthers:

Date: April 17
Weather: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
TV channel: NBC
Diffusion: fuboTV (Try it for free)

Philadelphia stars at the New Orleans Breakers

The Philadelphia Stars have the fourth-best odds to win the USFL Championship as we enter this season, at +550. They are ranked No. 4 on the CBS Sports Power Rankings heading into Week 1.

Stars quarterback Zach Mettenberger is coming off an undefeated season in the 2020 Spring League and is leading his team to the championship. He could have an impact for Philadelphia.

The Breakers have slightly better odds than their opponents at +450 and are ranked #3 in our power rankings. Quarterback Kyle Sloter excelled in preseason games while in the NFL, despite never appearing in a regular season game.

How to watch the Philadelphia Stars at the New Orleans Breakers

Date: April 17
Weather: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
TV channel: UNITED STATES
Diffusion: fuboTV (Try it for free)

Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers

The Tampa Bay Bandits and Pittsburgh Maulers wrap up the USFL’s first week of action on Sunday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET.

The Bandits are tied for the best chance of winning the USFL Championship at +450 and they sit first in our power rankings. The Maulers are No. 5 in the power rankings, with odds of +550.

Bandits coach Todd Haley and USFL No. 2 draft pick and former XFL player Jordan Ta’amu are considered the best coach-quarterback duo in the league.

The Maulers don’t have such a strong quarterback situation. They took Kyle Lauletta with their first pick and later Josh Love. Lauletta will likely start Week 1.

How to watch the Tampa Bay Bandits at the Pittsburgh Maulers

Date: April 17
Weather: 8 p.m. ET
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
TV channel: FS1
Diffusion: fuboTV (Try it for free)

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