How Mark Stoops Stacks Up Against SEC’s Best Coaches ATS

How Mark Stoops Stacks Up Against SEC’s Best Coaches ATS
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Few coaches have done a better job of resuscitating a football program in the “Power Five” of the sport quite like Kentucky’s Mark Stoops.  

That’s because Stoops has managed to post a 66-59 (.528) record and a 61-63-1 (.492) mark ATS in Lexington after the Wildcats posted six seasons with six or more wins combined between 2000 and 2013 (Stoops’ first with UK).  

To get a greater sense of where Stoops stacks up against his SEC coaching peers, stepped away from Kentucky sports betting updates for a moment and broke down where each stands against the spread during their time with their current school.  

SEC Coaches Against the Spread

We utilized records from to determine which SEC football coaches have the best record ATS.  

TeamCoachATS RecordCover Percentage
ArkansasSam Pittman22-13-162.9%
TennesseeJosh Heupel15-1157.7%
GeorgiaKirby Smart55-4157.3%
LSUBrian Kelly8-657.1%
Texas A&MJimbo Fisher33-26-155.9%
AlabamaNick Saban119-98-354.8%
FloridaBilly Napier7-653.9%
South CarolinaShane Beamer13-12-152%
KentuckyMark Stoops61-63-149.2%
Ole MissLane Kiffin16-18-247.1%
VanderbiltClark Lea11-1345.8%
MissouriEli Drinkwitz16-2044.4%

For this list, only games from the coach’s current stint were included. Teams with new coaches entering the 2023 season were not included. 

On-Field Success Hasn’t Translated to ATS Success For Stoops At UK

Stoops’ straight-up success with the Wildcats hasn’t necessarily translated ATS, with the longtime CFB fixture posting a sub-.500 record against the spread at Kentucky.  

Leaguewide, Stoops ranks ninth ATS, sandwiched between South Carolina’s Shane Beamer (.520 ATS) and Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin (.471 ATS).  

Stoops ranks well behind the SEC’s ATS leaders, such as Sam Pittman of Arkansas (.629 ATS), Josh Heupel of Tennessee (.577) and Georgia's Kirby Smart (.573) — though many Wildcats fans are sure to be happy with the team’s on-field success under the longtime Kentucky head coach.  

As for the 2023 season, oddsmakers at BetMGM Kentucky have the Wildcats at +12500 to win the SEC (ranking 12th out of 14 teams), with a wins total over/under of 6.5 this fall.  

For those looking to place a wager on that over/under, the over has -160 odds, while the under is listed at +135 on the national sportsbook’s odds board.  

Whether Stoops and company will be able to reach a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season is a matter that will be decided on the gridiron this fall.  

For now, at least Wildcats fans know that Stoops’ straight-up success in Lexington has been noteworthy, even if the longtime head coach’s ATS figure isn’t as rosy.  



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a staff writer for He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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