Nick Saban Dominates SEC Coaches With October Wins

Nick Saban Dominates SEC Coaches With October Wins
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No coach in college football has come close to notching the number of wins that Nick Saban has in Toledo, East Lansing, Baton Rouge, and Tuscaloosa over the years. The 71-year-old West Virginian has won 287 games at the four schools he’s coached at, ranking behind Joe Paterno of Penn State (409 wins), Florida State’s Bobby Bowden (357 wins), and Pop Warner (311 wins) on the CFB all-time chart. Given that steadfast success, it’s likely of little surprise that the seven-time national championship-winning head coach leads all current SEC leaders when it comes to wins in 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, broke from Alabama sports betting updates and utilized records from to see which SEC coaches have the best record in the month of October.  

Coaches must have a minimum of three years’ experience to qualify.  

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

Nick Saban Head and Shoulders Above Other SEC Coaches in October

No other SEC coach comes within 40 wins of Saban’s total during the month of October, with the longtime leader posting 82 victories during his career. The next closest coach, wins-wise, is Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M, who has gone 33-17 during the 10th calendar month of the year, while Auburn’s Hugh Freeze (29-11), Lane Miss of Ole Miss (24-16) and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops (17-20)/Georgia’s Kirby Smart (17-6) round out the top five, wins wise.  

Unsurprisingly, Saban also holds the best October win percentage of all SEC coaches, at .812, ranking ahead of Smart (.739) and Freeze (.725). Saban and company will look to extend that lead this weekend in Starkville when Bama visits Mississippi State for an 8 p.m. Central time kickoff. Given the Crimson Tide’s standing as 14.5-point favorites (per BetMGM Sportsbook), it seems safe to assume that Saban will notch win No. 83 in October.

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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