Which Kansas Big 12 Coach Has Been Best in October

Which Kansas Big 12 Coach Has Been Best in October
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We’re nearly a month into the 2023 college football season, which means Kansas’ two Big 12 programs are entering crunch time.

Between Kansas, which is 4-0 after opening Big 12 play with a win against BYU, and Kansas State’s 3-1 start after its win against UCF, it’s been a solid start to the season. Things will pick up even more in Kansas sports betting this week as the Jayhawks travel to face No. 3-ranked Texas on Saturday.

After that, the calendar turns to October for the two Kansas schools. Kansas State gets the ball rolling in the month when it plays a rare Friday night game Oct. 6 in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. Kansas moves into October after the showdown with the Longhorns with a home game against UCF. In advance of those games, BetKansas.com broke down how each Big 12 coach has fared during the month of October. We utilized records from Sports-Reference.com, and coaches must have a minimum three years’ experience to qualify.  

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Big 12 Coaches Records in October

SchoolCoachOctober RecordWinning Percentage
Kansas StateChris Klieman30-7.811
Iowa StateMatt Campbell29-12.707
Oklahoma StateMike Gundy46-21.687
UCFGus Malzahn28-13.683
CincinnatiScott Satterfield24-15.615
HoustonDana Holgorsen25-18.581
TCUSonny Dykes27-20.575
BYUKalani Sitake13-13.500
West VirginiaNeal Brown14-16.467
BaylorDave Aranda5-6.455
TexasSteve Sarkisian14-19.424
KansasLance Leipold8-18.308

Kansas sports betting apps list Kansas State third in Big 12 championship odds at +700. Texas is the favorite to win the league at -130, while Oklahoma is second at +225. Kansas is tied for fourth with TCU at +2000.

Klieman No. 1 in October Win Percentage

It’s been a matter of feast or famine for Kansas’ Big 12 coaches in October, with K-State coach Chris Klieman posting the league’s best win percentage during the month (.811), while KU’s Lance Leipold is dead last at .308. Last year, Klieman and the Wildcats went 3-1 in October, beating Texas Tech, Iowa State and Oklahoma State, while falling to national runner-up TCU.

In Lawrence, Leipold and the Jayhawks went 1-3 in October, struggling to maintain the momentum they built by winning their first five regular season contests to open the year. Much of that was the result of losing star quarterback Jalon Daniels to an injury. With Daniels back in full health, Kansas is again off to a hot start. But that start will be put to a stiff test before October even begins. The Jayhawks, despite being nationally ranked and 4-0, are 17.5-point underdogs on the road against Texas at BetMGM Kansas.

The Wildcats have a week off before starting play in October and will look to follow the same script they did last fall — gaining momentum en route to another possible Big 12 title game appearance.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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