College Football Weather Report: Hurricane Delta Affecting Week 6 Betting Odds, Including Alabama vs. Ole Miss


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In case you stumbled upon this with no prior knowledge of the relationship between weather and football betting, let me start with this: wind matters.

In college football games played since 2005 (the start of our Bet Labs database), the under has gone 546-417-34 (57%) when the wind has blown at an average speed of 13 mph or more.

So when preparing to bet an upcoming college football slate, you’ll probably want to be aware of, say, an incoming hurricane.

College Football Week 6 Weather Report

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Delta has become a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 110 mph, and could reach Category 4 status by the evening.

It’s tracking to reach the Gulf of Mexico later this week, and landfall is projected for the Louisiana coast overnight Friday into Saturday morning.

Of course, once it reaches land, those wind speeds will drop down significantly, but they’ll still certainly be enough to affect just about any college football game in the Gulf Coast region on Saturday.

The betting market has already taken notice, too. Below you’ll find the complete list of likely-to-be-affected games alongside their current projected wind speeds, and odds changes since opening.

Keep in mind, too, that these projected wind speeds are averages throughout the game, not maximum gust potentials, which will surely be much higher.

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Games Impacted by Hurricane Delta

Odds and weather data as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

Coastal Carolina vs. UL Lafayette

12 p.m. ET | Lafayette, La.

  • Avg. wind speed: 17 mph
  • O/U open to current: 59 to 51.5 [Bet Now]

Central Arkansas vs. Arkansas State

3:30 p.m. ET | Jonesboro, Ark.

  • Avg. wind speed: 17 mph
  • O/U open to current: 66 to 66 [Bet Now]

Texas State vs. Troy

3:30 p.m. ET | Troy, Ala.

  • Avg. wind speed: 14 mph
  • O/U open to current: 62.5 to 59 [Bet Now]

Marshall vs. Western Kentucky

7:30 p.m. ET | Bowling Green, Ky.

  • Avg. wind speed: 13 mph
  • O/U open to current: 48.5 to 44.5 [Bet Now]

Alabama vs. Ole Miss

6 p.m. ET | Oxford, Miss.

  • Avg. wind speed: 13 mph
  • O/U open to current: 74 to 69 [Bet Now]

Florida Atlantic vs. Southern Miss

4 p.m. ET | Hattiesburg, Miss.

  • Avg. wind speed: 13 mph
  • O/U open to current: 64 to 58.5 [Bet Now]

East Carolina vs. South Florida

7 p.m. ET | Tampa, Fla.

  • Avg. wind speed: 12 mph
  • O/U open to current: 58 to 56.5 [Bet Now]

Arkansas vs. Auburn

4 p.m. ET | Auburn, Ala.

  • Avg. wind speed: 12 mph
  • O/U open to current: 51.5 to 47 [Bet Now]

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