Hurricane Florence is causing college football cancelations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and the betting market will be affected in a number of different ways.
Several games have already been canceled, including North Carolina-UCF and NC State-West Virginia (though several schools have said they will try to reschedule their game later in the season).
Most of the following games could end up being canceled in the next day or two as the storm makes it way toward the East Coast. It’s expected to make landfall late Thursday night or Friday morning.
College Football Games Affected by Hurricane Florence
South Carolina (-13) vs. Marshall
Charlotte (+1.5) vs. Old Dominion (moved to Thursday)
Clemson (-33) vs. Georgia Southern
North Carolina (+14.5) vs. UCF
Coastal Carolina vs. Campbell (moved to Wednesday)
NC State (-4) vs. West Virginia
Wake Forest (+6.5) vs. Boston College
Virginia (-4.5) vs. Ohio (moved to Nashville)
Appalachian State (-16) vs. Southern Miss
Virginia Tech (-27.5) vs. ECU
Liberty vs. Norfolk State
Duke (+6) at Baylor (travel for Duke)
>> All odds as of 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time odds and track your bets.
Most of these spreads have stayed within a few points since opening, but the over/unders have shifted dramatically.
Our Mark Gallant detailed the line moves here. The North Carolina-UCF total moved 13 points before the game was canceled.
Nearly every over/under of a game being played in the Carolinas or Virginia dropped a few points thanks to heavy action on the under as bettors anticipate sloppy conditions limiting the offenses.
UCF, North Carolina, NC State and West Virginia officials say they’re trying to reschedule for their games for this season, but it’s unlikely. So is finding a potential replacement, but with so much money on the line for the home teams, they’ll do whatever they can.
What happens to my bets if a game is canceled?
Bets on canceled games will be graded as no action, and your money will be refunded. Even if the game is rescheduled, the lines will re-open the week prior and you’ll have to make your wager again at the new prices.
What about win totals?
Check with your book, but most will provide a stipulation on the ticket or in its rules, something like “MUST PLAY ALL REGULAR SEASON GAMES FOR ACTION.” If it says that, your win total bet on a team that only plays 11 games will be canceled, even if the team easily went over or under the number.
For example, UCF win total bets were refunded last year because its game against Georgia Tech got canceled because of Hurricane Irma.
Despite the Knights’ 11-0 record, bettors who took UCF over 7.5 wins didn’t make any money.
Florida State’s game against UL Monroe was rescheduled for championship weekend on Dec. 2 because the Seminoles needed a win to get bowl eligible. In the process, they likely saved anyone who bet them under 9.5 wins and cost those on the over.
What happens if the game moves locations?
Virginia-Ohio will be played in Nashville, Tenn., which caused drastic line movement on Tuesday afternoon.
This is an incredibly unique situation that most sportsbooks don’t have rules for, so contact your book to find out.
Virginia dropped from -7 to -3 because it’s no longer playing at home, while the total jumped from 41 to 51 because the weather won’t be nearly as bad in Tennessee.
BetOnline canceled wagers on this game on Tuesday afternoon, but has reposted the lines.
A representative for MyBookie said the book is keeping the bets as action, but customers can contact them to discuss canceling the wager. It will be determined on a case-by-case basis.