AAF Week 1 Preview
We have football again! Don’t worry you only had to make it less than a week, but nonetheless its back and hopefully, year round football is here to stay for good this time.
The Alliance of American Football was founded just 10 months ago by Charlie Ebersol, son of Dick, who as you remember, was one of the founders of the XFL the first time around. As opposed to the XFL back in the day, the AAF has implemented some rules that they hope will keep their league around for longer than just one season.
Some of these new rules include; a shorter play clock, a 9th official or “Sky Judge who is there to reverse or confirm any calls on the field, and even eliminating kickoffs and extra points. They hope that they can get the average game time down to 150 minutes as opposed to the 180 minutes of the NFL. Plenty of new rule changes should at least keep the game interesting, but the longevity of the league will definitely hang on the quality of play.
For some reason, both games on Saturday are scheduled to be played at 8pm, but from here on out the schedule for games should be two games every Saturday and Sunday for the next 10 weeks before their playoffs will begin.
This league is full of players trying to make it to the league for the first time or simply just trying to get back, without further ado, let’s preview some of these games.
Atlanta Legends @ Orlando Apollos (-5) O/U 50
Obviously at this point it’s going to be a bit difficult to pick games because we have barely seen anything from these guys playing together just yet. Although the Legends have some of the coolest jerseys in the whole league (more on that later this week), the Apollos are heavy favorites in this opening game. With Aaron Murray under center for the Legends, the city is going to at least be behind their QB all season, Murray should be able to keep this game close as this should be a solid first week matchup. Spurrier Could have Murray’s number but with former Michigan QB and NCAA Football Cover Boy Denard Robinson lining up in the backfield besides him, there could be some trouble for Orlando.
The line is so high here for the Apollos because they had the AAF’s #1 choice of ex-coaches, as the Ole Ball Coach Steve Spurrier is going to be leading the Apollos with former Texas and SMU QB Garrett Gilbert. I think the hype around this team should help them with the win, Spurrier isn’t losing this game.
San Diego Fleet @ San Antonio Commanders (-3) O/U 50.5
In a match-up between two big name Coaches in Mike Martz and Mike Riley respectively, this could be an interesting one. This will be a battle of QBs known strictly from their college years as San Antonio will trot out the winningest QB in Toledo Football history, Logan Woodside, as San Diego will bring in former Sun Devil great, Mike Bercovici. I’m going to give the Fleet a slight advantage in the QB department. Although the Commanders running game is going to be tough to stop as they have two former NFL backs that compliment each other quite well in David Cobb and Kenneth Farrow. I like the Fleet and the points in this one.
Memphis Express @ Birmingham Iron (-3) O/U 50.5
Somehow the Iron have opened up with the worst odds at winning the title in the entire league, +1000?!?!? If you are a big time degenerate and need your AAF futures fix, this is your pick right here. Sure the Iron could be a gamble but this team is made up off basically all former Alabama and Auburn players and is led by Blake Sims and Trent Richardson in the backfield, that’s all you really need to know. Ohhh and Christian Hackenberg and Zach Mettenberger might be in a year long QB battle if this game doesn’t go Christian’s way.
Salt Lake City Stallions @ Arizona Hotshots (-3.5) O/U 51.5
The Hotshots might be one of my favorite teams in the league, one of the best concepts for a mascot and color scheme. In the 12019 Inaugural AAF QB Draft, the Hotshots passed on protecting local QB Mike Bercovici, and instead opted for the quicker Trevor Knight. This should be an interesting story to follow throughout the season. The Hotshots have a lot of talent with their skill positions with former Alabama wideout Richard Mullany and former Oregon standout and 3rd round pick Josh Huff.
The Stallions will have a very different team from most of the league as they really embraced their local teams. Built mainly on the backs of former Utah and BYU talent, this team is going to be a tough team that will give other smaller teams, problems. Give me the Hotshots at home!
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