Who Are the Best ACC Coaches in the Month of October?

Who Are the Best ACC Coaches in the Month of October?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Now that the leaves are changing colors and we’re getting into the meat of the college football season, PennStakes.com looked at which Atlantic Coast Conference coaches have the best records in October. If Saturday is “moving day” in golf, October is moving month in college football.

For the list, PennStakes.com – your source for Pennsylvania sports betting - utilized Sports-Reference.com to come up with October records. Coaches needed a minimum three years’ experience to quailify, with records at previous schools counting toward the total.

ACC Football Coaches October Records

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Coach Oct. Record Winning Percentage
Dabo Swinney, Clemson 48-9 .842
Mack Brown, North Carolina 92-43-1 .680
Jeff Brohm, Louisville 20-14 .588
Mike Norvell, Florida State 16-12 .571
Dino Babers, Syracuse 22-18 .549
Pat Narduzzi, Pitt 16-15 .516
Dave Doeren, NC State 22-21 .512
Mario Cristobal, Miami 18-20 .460
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest 40-47 .472
Jeff Hafley, Boston College 3-10 .231


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Clemson’s Swinney Easily No. 1

To no surprise, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney is far in front, with a 48-9 record for an .842 winning percentage – virtually the same as his overall winning percentage.  Although the Tigers are struggling this season, 0-2 in conference following losses to Duke and Florida State, history says Swinney will right the ship. His last losing season in the ACC was never. The two losses put Clemson way back in ACC title odds at BetRivers Sportsbook PA at +3000.

With the sixth-best October record is Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi, who’s winning close to 52% of his contests in the year’s 10th month, at 16-15. In his ninth season with the Panthers, Narduzzi’s overall record is 63-43 and he’s 41-26 in conference, so October hasn’t been very friendly to him. Last year, although Pitt went 5-3 in conference, they lost all three of those games in October, including a 26-21 home loss to Georgia Tech. In 2021, when the Panthers went 7-1 in conference, that lone defeat came in October to Miami at Heinz Field (which has now ditched the ketchup name in favor of the insurance and cybersecurity of Acrisure). 

This year the Panthers have begun the season 1-3 with a home conference loss to North Carolina. They have one more September game on Saturday, at Virginia Tech. The Panthers are 3-point and -137 moneyline favorites at FanDuel Sportsbook PA in that one.

Narduzzi wisely has no game scheduled for the following week. We’ll call that October Prep. The Panthers’ three-game October slate, however, will consist of a home game vs. Louisville, at Wake Forest and at Notre Dame. No gimmes in that group.

If the past means anything, Louisville head coach Jeff Brohm has been a solid October coach (20-14) and Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson has struggled (40-47). Narduzzi will need some luck to keep his October record above .500.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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