Point Spread Shifts In Sooners’ Direction As Hurricane Ida Forces Tulane’s Season Opener To Oklahoma

As the city of New Orleans deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the Tulane football team’s Week 1 game against No. 2 Oklahoma, originally scheduled for Yulman Stadium, has been moved to the Sooners’ home stadium in Norman. The decision, of course, impacts the betting market.

As of Tuesday morning, the day after the game’s relocation was announced, Tulane is a 31.5-point underdog at FanDuel and +31 on DraftKings’ oddsboard. Before the change in venue, the line was about Oklahoma -27.

Some sportsbooks had yet to repost the game as of this writing.

Sportsbooks have different rules on how to handle the change in venue. Bets made prior to the decision to move the game are now void at some books, including BetMGM, PlayUp, and Circa in Las Vegas. At DraftKings, bets stand if the home team remains designated as such, director of race and sportsbook operations Johnny Avello told Louisiana Sharp in a text message. Tulane indeed remains the designated home team, per the OU athletic department.

Circa’s rules stipulate the game must be played within 100 miles of its originally scheduled location for action, according to a tweet from book director Matthew Metcalf.

More Details

While the game is still scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. CT, television information and other details will be announced by the University of Oklahoma, Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen said in a statement.

As the designated home team despite the game being played at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Tulane will retain all net proceeds from ticket sales.

Going Forward

Tulane’s athletic department, including the student-athletes, have relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, and will remain there until New Orleans is deemed safe, Dannen’s statement said.

Decisions on the Green Wave’s Week 2 game against Morgan State, also scheduled as a home date, as well as the volleyball team’s home matches, have not yet been made.

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Marcus DiNitto is the editor of Maryland Sharp and Louisiana Sharp and a nationally recognized journalist specializing in sports betting and sports business. He has been managing editor at SportsBusiness Daily, USA Sports Gaming, Sporting News, and The Linemakers. Marcus earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.