Ranking Wildcats Coach Stoops Among SEC Coaches In October

Ranking Wildcats Coach Stoops Among SEC Coaches In October
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When it comes to SEC college football, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is not Mr. October. Stoops has led UK to its third straight season with a start of 4-0 or better and the fourth since 2018, and the team is just on the outside of the Associated Press and coaches’ Top 25 polls. However, SEC football is always demanding, especially in October.

As we get into the heart of the CFB season, BetKentucky.com continues its Kentucky sports betting coverage by using records from Sports-Reference.com to see which SEC coaches have the best record in October. Only coaches with three or more years of experience were evaluated. Of the 10 coaches in the conference that were eligible, Stoops came in ninth.

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Who Are the Best SEC Coaches In October?

School Coach October RecordWinning %
AlabamaNick Saban 82-19 .812
GeorgiaKirby Smart 17-6 .739
AuburnHugh Freeze 29-11 .725
TennesseeJosh Heupel 13-5 .722
FloridaBilly Napier 12-5 .706
Texas A&MJimbo Fisher 33-17 .660
Ole MissLane Kiffin 24-16 .600
MissouriEliah Drinkwitz 9-7 .563
KentuckyMark Stoops 17-20 .460
ArkansasSam Pittman 5-7 .417

Before we get to October, Kentucky faces Florida on Saturday to wrap up September. The Wildcats are a 1-point favorite according to BetMGM Kentucky Sportsbook odds.

Last year, UK went 1-3 in October. It faced three teams in the Associated Press top 25, but the Cats did knock off then-No. 16 Mississippi State. This season, all three Wildcats games in October are against teams currently ranked, including an Oct. 7 trip to top-ranked Georgia. When you factor in Saturday’s game against No. 22 Florida, Stoops’ team will face four consecutive opponents that are currently ranked in the top 25. The Wildcats also have a week off before prepping to play SEC archrival Tennessee on Oct. 28.

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Kentucky Football Prospectus

There are a couple things benefitting Kentucky during the upcoming stretch. For one, three of the four games are at home in Lexington. Secondly, the three home games are against teams presently ranked Nos. 21-23, and if the Wildcats beat the Gators Saturday, they will assuredly crack the Top 25 themselves.

Still, that gauntlet of games – plus a Nov. 11 contest at home versus No. 12 Alabama – gives oddsmakers pause when considering Kentucky’s chances for an SEC title. At DraftKings, the Wildcats are the eighth choice to win the SEC Championship at +4000 odds.

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Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

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