The 2023-24 college football season is well underway, with the opening month of play almost completed. Week four is in the books, and that means more conference play is upcoming, especially in the revamped Big 12 conference. While Florida sports betting is still a ways away, it's worth noting all four new teams to the Big 12 had a rude awakening to conference play, with Houston, Cincinnati, BYU and UCF all losing their first conference games.
With such an important stretch of games upcoming for all Big 12 teams, FloridaBet.com decided to take a look at which Big 12 coaches have been the most successful in the month of October. We did this by utilizing Sports-Reference.com to see which coaches have the best October records and only included coaches with at least three years of experience.
Big 12 Coaches Records In October
Malzahn October Record Not Too Shabby
While not quite on the same level as Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, UCF head coach Gus Malzahn has compiled an impressive 28-13 October record, trailing only Klieman, Matt Campbell and Mike Gundy.
With their game against Kansas State already in the books, Malzahn should feel good about his chances to improve his October record with games against Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia on the docket in the month. Kansas coach Lance Leipold ranks dead last on the list with a paltry 8-18 record, while West Virginia’s Neal Brown is also below .500 all time in the month. If UCF can take care of business in those games, the marquee matchup against Gundy and Oklahoma State becomes less essential for the team.
The entire college football landscape has been changed with the realignment this year, so continuing to improve his strong October track record will be more of a challenge for Malzahn than it has been in the past. But any continuation of form for his team in October will bode well for the Knights as they look to make their mark in the new Big 12.