Record in October Among Big 10 Coaches Can Be Like Night and Day

Record in October Among Big 10 Coaches Can Be Like Night and Day
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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, – your top source for Ohio sports betting - utilized 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

Coach Oct. Record Winning Percentage
Ryan Day, Ohio State 13-0 1.000
Luke Fickell, Wisconsin 18-7 .720
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan 31-13 .705
PJ Fleck, Minnesota 23-15 .605
James Franklin, Penn State 24-18 .571
Bret Bielema, Illinois 30-24 .556
Matt Rhule, Nebraska 15-12 .556
Kirk Ferentz, Iowa 49-40 .551
Greg Schiano, Rutgers 25-28 .472
Tom Allen, Indiana 6-15 .286
Mike Locksley, Maryland 6-18 .250


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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 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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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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