Is Locksley of Maryland Among Top Big Ten Coaches in October?

Is Locksley of Maryland Among Top Big Ten Coaches in October?
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The Maryland Terrapins have had a fine start to their 2023 football season, rewarding their fans and those placing wagers on the team at Maryland betting app operators with a 4-0 record. But October is looming and the heart of the Big Ten schedule lies ahead.

What does history tell us about Terps coach Mike Locksley and his success rate in October games? BetMaryland.com dug into the records to find out. Here are the results:

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Big Ten Football Coaches October Records

Coach, School Oct. Record Winning pct.
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

BetMaryland.com, as part of our Maryland sports betting coverage, gathered information from Sports-Reference.com to compare current Big 10 coaches’ success rates in October. Those with less than three years of experience as head coach were not included, but games from previous coaching stops were counted.

Unfortunately for Terps fans, the numbers do not lend encouragement. Locksley, in his fifth full season as Maryland’s coach, has a 6-18 mark in October games, the lowest winning percentage (.250) in the Big Ten among coaches fitting our criteria. Only Indiana’s Tom Allen (6-15, .286) joins Locksley in winning less than 30% of his October games in the conference. The top October coaches in the Big Ten are Ohio State’s Ryan Day (13-0), Wisconsin’s Luke Fickell (18-7) and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (31-13).

Maryland has +6000 odds of winning the Big Ten this year, according to Caesars Maryland Sportsbook.

Remaining Maryland Terrapins 2023 Schedule

October includes a bye for the Terrapins, so they play three games next month.

On Oct. 7 UM travels to Columbus to face Ohio State, currently ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll. The Buckeyes have this weekend off, so they’ll be well-rested to face Locksley’s team. On Oct. 14 Maryland returns to College Park to host Illinois. Then after an off week, the Terrapins hit the road again, playing Oct. 28 at Northwestern.

There is one more September game left for Maryland and that’s Saturday afternoon (3:30 Eastern) at home against B1G East Division rival Indiana. BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook lists the Terrapins as 14-point favorites against the Hoosiers as of Tuesday morning.

Maryland’s Season So Far

The season began with two fairly easy opponents outside of the Big Ten, with wins over FCS opponent Towson and American Athletic Conference newcomer Charlotte. Maryland wrapped up its nonconference schedule by routing former ACC rival Virginia, 42-14. Last Saturday, the Terps went on the road to begin the B1G portion of their schedule and again cruised to victory, 31-9 at Michigan State. Taulia Tagovailoa has passed for 1,112 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Roman Hemby and Colby McDonald have each gained more than 200 yards rushing for Maryland through four games.

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Jim Tomlin has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at such publications as the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturdays Down South and Saturday Tradition. He is a contributing writer and editor for BetMaryland.com.

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