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UFL shakeup Week 8: Stallions still top dogs, but challengers emerge

Week 8 of the UFL featured a number of interesting games, including the deciding game between the San Antonio Brahmas and Houston Roughnecks. As the league enters Week 9, the playoff picture is heating up and some surprising teams are moving up the power rankings.

Birmingham maintained the number 1 position

Birmingham Stallions continued their unbeaten reign, sitting comfortably at the top of the table. Their dominant 8-0 record is a testament to their steady play and strong team chemistry.

The Panthers and Battlehawks remain a threat

Michigan Panthers (6-2) and St. St. Louis Battlehawks (6-2) remain close on the heels of the Stallions. Both teams have impressive attacking displays and will be looking to challenge Birmingham in the coming weeks.

Brahmas and traitors are rising

The San Antonio Brahmas (6-2) have surprised many with their recent rise. A thrilling win over Houston saw them secure third place. Meanwhile, Arlington Renegades (1-7) finally picked up their first win, showing signs of improvement. Although they still have a long way to go, their victory could spark a late-season run.

Week 9 matches worth watching

This week promises another series of exciting matches. The Stallions face a tough test against a resurgent Panthers team, while the Battlehawks look to consolidate their position against the undefeated Showboats. All eyes will also be on Brahmas as they take on the inconsistent Guardians.

The UFL continues to deliver close games and surprising storylines. With the playoffs approaching, the race for the top spot is wide open. Week 9 promises to be pivotal as teams battle to consolidate their positions and secure a coveted playoff spot.

The UFL championship

UFL power rankings.

1. Birmingham Stallions (8-0)

The Stallions have won all eight games this season and 15-straight dating back to last year. With a 35-28 win against USFL Conference foe Houston, Birmingham moved one step closer to securing home-field advantage for the USFL Conference title game against Michigan next month.

MVP candidate Adrian Martinez accounted for 217 yards, including 44 on the ground, five touchdowns and one interception. The Stallions rushed for 149 yards and have scored 30 points or more in each of their past four wins.

The Stallions turn their attention to the Brahmas next week — a team that could play against them again in the UFL championship matchup in just a month’s time.

2. Michigan Panthers (6-2)

That's four straight wins for the team that has played four different quarterbacks in eight weeks. Mike Nolan's club is built on stifling football and defense, but both of those units were under pressure against Memphis in their 24-18 win at Ford Field.

The Panthers lost quarterback Wes Hills to injury in the first half and were down to one quarterback in the second half in Matt Colburn, as offensive coordinator Marcel Bellfuile continued to swap QB Brian Lewerke and Bryce Perkins on each series.

Colburn rushed for 93 yards on 23 rushes with two touchdowns, while the Panthers' defense recorded four sacks and one interception. The Panthers allowed the Showboats to tie the game at 18 in the fourth quarter, but they ultimately pulled out the win that kept them in the hunt to host the USFL Conference title game against the Stallions.

3. St. Louis Battlehawks (6-2)

Manny Wilkins, who tested injured starter AJ McCarron, made his first start in six years in Week 8 — and he wasn't afraid to swing the bat. He had 52 passing yards and 47 rushing yards in the first half. Wilkins finished with 205 total yards, including 79 on the ground, in the Battlehawks' 26-21 victory at The Dome at America's Center.

Former Clemson running back Wayne Gallman finished with two scores and a tackle. Those two rushing touchdowns made Sunday's game the first multi-scoring game since 2020 for the New York Giants.

The Battlehawks' defense came up with two interceptions and a key stop on fourth down to secure third place in the UFL playoffs and first place in the XFL Conference Championship Game .

For head coach Anthony Becht, this match was a proving ground for Wilkins, who has steadfastly waited for his chance to lead St. Louis. Louis. Louis on the field and showed he is capable of starting if and when McCarron is unable to play.

4. San Antonio Brahmas (6-2)

The Brahmas amassed 300 first-half yards in Sunday's win. QB Quinten Dormady completed 10 of 13 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with over 300 yards passing, while former Maryland running back Anthony McFarland had a breakout game that made him the league's first 100-yard receiver by a running back.

Former Denver Broncos tight end Cody Latimer added six catches for 116 yards in the 20-15 win. The Brahmas' defense continued to suppress the opposition, recording its fourth straight game of 18 points or less.

Safety Jordan Mosley, an All-UFL linebacker, recorded 63 tackles in eight games.

5. Guardian DC (3-5)

The Defenders were without their best player on the field in their most important play of the entire season - a 4th-and-24 with a chance to stay in the playoffs - after QB Jordan Ta'amu was ejected in the previous match.

In the previous series, Ta'amu led the Defenders to a 21-20 advantage before the Battlehawks regained the lead.

The Defenders, who finished 9-1 in 2023 in the legacy XFL, will end 2024 with a losing season.

6. Arlington Traitors (1-7)

The Renegades failed to find the same rhythm of play they had in Week 7 when they picked up their first win of the season. After a league-high 47 points last week, Arlington only managed 15 points against San Antonio.

Despite their poor performance throughout three quarters, Renegades grabbed the points late on and gave themselves a chance to make a comeback with just over a minute remaining.

However, the Renegades were unable to synchronize their rushing and passing play. While QB Luis Perez finished 22-of-33 for 209 with two touchdowns, the run game yielded just 63 yards on 15 rushes as Arlington found itself tied and off schedule in the postseason. most of the match.

7. Houston Roughnecks (1-7)

The Roughnecks scored a season-high 28 points against the league's best team from a seven-point deficit, barely tying the game with seconds left to play despite having three different quarterbacks.

At times, Houston looked like the team that last beat the Stallions on May 13, 2023. However, after scoring 14 points in the first half, the Roughnecks lost with just seconds left in the second half, robbing them of the opportunity. their association. their association. their association. their association. their scoring innings. Enter break times. Instead, they trailed the Stallions on the road 21-14 and couldn't close the gap.

This season they don't lack talent, they just lack the discipline to finish. Like the Renegades, the Roughnecks will look back on this season and see how well they can be - and hopefully will be - in 2025

8. Memphis Show Boat (1-7)

The Showboats just suffered their seventh straight loss after bringing in former Michigan QB Josh Love to relieve Case Cookus after he took a heavy hit that knocked him unconscious.

Love finished 9-of-12 for 56 yards with a touchdown in the loss, while receiver Daewood Davis continued to impress as an All-UFL selection with three catches at a distance of 86 yards and both scored with Showboats.


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