Can Tigers Keep Momentum Going in October?

Can Tigers Keep Momentum Going in October?
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

The timing is right for Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz to break out and shine during the month of October for the first time in his time in Columbia. 

As we get into the heart of the college football season utilized records from to see which SEC coaches have the best record in the month of October. Coaches must have a minimum three years experience to qualify. There is no legal Missouri sports betting. It will be next year’s legislative session before wagering will be discussed again.

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

Although there is no BetMGM Missouri, nationally the operator gives Georgia the best SEC title odds at -125, followed by Alabama and LSU (+375). Missouri is +6000.

Off to Best Start Since 2013

Drinkwitz has the Tigers sitting at 4-0 for the first time since 2013 and ranked for the first time since 2019 at No. 23 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the US LBM Coaches Poll. Missouri gets a chance to go to 5-0 against 2-3 Vanderbilt this weekend before starting crucial October games. National operators — there are no Missouri betting apps — list the Tigers as a 13.5-point favorite.

Missouri’s first October game will be the toughest, as No. 13 LSU comes to Faurot Field for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Oct. 7. The Tigers will follow that up with a trip to currently unbeaten Kentucky on Oct. 14 and then back home to face South Carolina on Oct. 21. 

Drinkwitz has been average in October through his first three years at Missouri, going 6-6. He was 3-1 during his one season at Appalachian State and that lone loss (24-21 to Georgia Southern) was the Mountaineers’ only blemish in a 13-1 Sun Belt championship season. 

In 2020, Missouri lost to No. 21 Tennessee and No. 10 Florida in October. In 2021, the Tigers lost to Tennessee and No. 21 Texas A&M. And in 2022, they lost to No. 1 Georgia and Florida. 

That middling record in October mirrors Missouri’s regular-season finishes as Drinkwitz has gone 5-5, 6-6 and 6-6 during his three seasons, finishing the past two with bowl losses. With the 4-0 start, he’s 21-19 as the Tigers’ coach, including 11-14 in Southeastern Conference play. 

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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