Where Does Mike Norvell Rank Among ACC Coaches In October Games?

Where Does Mike Norvell Rank Among ACC Coaches In October Games?
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Florida State earned a big win Saturday in its quest for a berth in the College Football Playoff and a chance at a national title. The Seminoles’ 31-24 overtime win at Clemson snapped a seven-game losing skid to their Atlantic Coast Conference rival.

After that hard-fought win on the road, FSU, currently ranked No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll, gets a well-earned week off before heading into the heart of their ACC schedule. However, October has not been the easiest month for the Seminoles in recent years. Since Mike Norvell took over as coach in Tallahassee three years ago, Florida State is 6-7 in October. Something to consider for future wagers once Florida sports betting becomes legal. 

How ACC Coaches Have Fared In October

As we get into the heart of the CFB season, FloridaBet.com utilized records from Sports-Reference.com to see which ACC coaches have the best record in the month of October. Below is some useful information to use on Florida sportsbook apps when they officially launch, hopefully in the near future.

We limited the list to coaches with three or more years of head coaching experience, so Norvell’s tenure as Memphis coach is included.

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

As you can see, while Norvell’s overall record in November isn’t great, it still ranks better than most of his coaching brethren in the ACC. The Seminoles also won’t face either North Carolina or Louisville in the month ahead, although those three teams could contend for spots in the Dec. 2 conference championship.

Helping FSU in the month ahead is that three of its four games in October are at home. Virginia Tech (Oct. 7) has struggled mightily, with losses to Purdue, Rutgers and Marshall on its record. Syracuse (Oct. 14) is currently 4-0, but it has yet to enter conference play. The toughest game of the month appears to be when it hosts Duke on Oct. 21. The Blue Devils are 4-0 with a win over Clemson, and they’re ranked 18th by the AP.

The Seminoles close out the month at Wake Forest on Oct. 28. The Demon Deacons don’t appear as strong as they have been in recent years, but they still own a three-game winning streak over Florida State.

Seminoles Among the Favorites This Season

Oddsmakers do think highly of the Seminoles this season. At Hard Rock Bet, Florida State is currently the third choice at +750 – meaning a $100 bet would return a $750 profit – to win the national championship. Senior quarterback Jordan Travis, who has thrown for 1,028 yards and has a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season, is the fifth choice on Hard Rock’s Heisman trophy futures board at +1100.

Hard Rock Bet is currently not operating in Florida, but a federal court could soon open the door for Hard Rock to resume operations in the Sunshine State. FloridaBet.com will update you on the latest developments in the case and when legal sports betting is allowed again. As soon as sports betting is legal, we will have the latest Florida sports betting promo codes for you to use.



Steve is an accomplished, award-winning reporter with more than 20 years of experience covering gaming, sports, politics and business. He has written for the Associated Press, Reuters, The Louisville Courier Journal, The Center Square and numerous other publications. Based in Louisville, Ky., Steve has covered the expansion of sports betting in the U.S. and other gaming matters.

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