Coming off an emotional road victory at Notre Dame last Saturday, fourth-ranked Ohio State heads into a bye week. Considering the record of coach Ryan Day in October, Buckeyes fans should be at ease heading into next month.
As we get into the heart of the college football season, BetOhio.com – your top source for Ohio sports betting - utilized Sports-Reference.com to see which Big 10 coaches have the best records in the month of October. Coaches must have a minimum of three years' experience to qualify. Here are the October results:
Big Ten Football Coaches October Records
Day Unbeaten and No. 1 . . . in October
Day tops the Big 10 October coaching ranks with a clean 13-0 (1.000) record. Wisconsin's Luke Fickell (18-7, .720) and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh (31-13, .705) are ranked 2-3. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz (49-40, .551), ranked No. 8, tops the list with the most wins in the month.
The Buckeyes kick off the month at home vs. Maryland Oct. 7 (FOX, noon). Ohio State sports an 8-0 all-time record against the Terrapins, including a 43-30 road win last year. The first road test of the month will be at Purdue Oct. 14. The Buckeyes hold a 16-5 all-time advantage against the Boilermakers, highlighted by a 59-31 home win on Nov. 13, 2021 in their last meeting. Speaking of home, last month BetOhio.com researched how Ohio State ranks at winning home games.
A huge home showdown with Penn State follows on Saturday, Oct. 21. Ohio State has won six consecutive games and nine of their last 10 games against the Nittany Lions, including a 44-31 road win on Oct. 29 last season. The Buckeyes, who hold a 22-8 all-time record against Penn State, are also 13-2 at home.
The end of the month concludes with a road trip to Wisconsin Oct. 28 in a matchup of the top two October coaches, Day and Fickell. Advantage Ohio State, which has won nine straight, 12 of last 13, against Wisconsin, including a 52-21 rout at home last season.
As of Tuesday morning at BetMGM Ohio, the Buckeyes’ over/under regular season win total is at 10.5 games. Ohio State is the second favorite at BetMGM to win the Big 10 title at +210, behind Michigan's +160, and is tied for fourth favorite with Texas at +900 to win the national championship.
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