Few college football head coaches have left the type of impact that Georgia’s Kirby Smart has out of the gate in Athens. Between becoming the first head coach to lead his program to consecutive CFP titles and posting a .848 win percentage in Athens over the course of eight seasons with the school, Smart’s impact on the SEC at large has been spectacular to behold.
Given that steadfast success, it’s likely of little surprise that the two-time national championship-winning head coach is No. 2 among current SEC leaders when it comes to wins in the month of October. We briefly pause Georgia sports betting updates to bring you the best coaches in the SEC for the month of October.
Who Are the Best SEC Coaches in the Month of October?
As we get into the heart of the CFB season, BetGeorgia.com utilized records from Sports-Reference.com to see which SEC coaches have the best record in the month of October. This is the kind of information that could help you on Georgia sportsbook apps in the future. See our chart below.
Coaches must have a minimum of three years’ experience to qualify.
Smart: The Heir Apparent To His Former Boss In SEC?
The only other SEC head coach to achieve the level of sustained success that Smart has is the man who used to employ the 47-year-old in Tuscaloosa. That’s because Alabama’s Nick Saban is the only SEC head coach to one-up Smart when it comes to October win percentage, with Saban posting a .812 mark to Smart’s .739. Smart’s eye-popping percentage ranked ahead of Auburn’s Hugh Freeze (.725) and Josh Heupel of Tennessee (.722), with Billy Napier of Florida rounding out the top five, at .706.
Among other former Saban disciples is Lane Kiffin of Ole Miss, who had a .600 win percentage in October, ranking seventh among qualifying coaches. As for Smart, he and the Bulldogs will look to build upon the coach’s 17 October wins on Saturday, when UGA heads to the Plains to square off against a 3-1 Auburn squad at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It seems like win No. 18 should be all but certain on Saturday, with oddsmakers from Caesars Sportsbook listing UGA as a 14.5-point favorite over the Tigers in Week 5.
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