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Guess which coach has the worst record against the spread

Mark Stoops has Kentucky playing its best football in a long time. The Cats are riding back-to-back seven-win seasons with a second and third-place finish in the SEC East in each of those years. This year, Stoops says he has his best squad yet.

Against the spread, though; Stoops isn’t doing so hot. In fact, Stoops has the worst record against the spread of all college football coaches over the last five years.

From ESPN:

Best ATS record over past five seasons

1. Baylor’s Matt Rhule: 39-22-0 ATS
2. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell: 36-21-2 ATS
3. Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson: 37-23-1 ATS
4. Duke’s David Cutcliffe: 36-23-2 ATS
5. Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck: 30-19-0 ATS

Worst ATS record over past five seasons

1. Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: 24-36-0 ATS
2. Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin: 24-35-1 ATS
3. East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery: 6-17-1 ATS
4. Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich: 6-17-1 ATS
5. SMU’s Sonny Dykes 19-29-0 ATS

If you’ve gambled on Kentucky, you didn’t need me to tell you that. But a win’s a win and Stoops has been doing enough of that the last couple years. Hopefully he’ll do even more of it in the months ahead.

Moral of the story here: Don’t bet on UK to cover.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Guess which coach has the worst record against the spread



  1. ukjaybrat
    10:53 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    he sucks at the spread. but wasn’t there an article on here last week that kentucky has been “winning the games they should be winning and losing the games they should be losing” or something like that.



    • Mathlete
      11:17 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

      UK has best record in the SEC among in games where they were favored going in. The Cayts don’t destroy anyone, but they mostly win the games we should



  2. DerBaron
    10:58 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    Bet Tubby’s was worse. I remember we’d be up 20+ and (to his credit) Tubby would unload the bench and the other team would cut deep into the lead. It seemed we failed to cover a lot?



  3. easy
    11:05 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve made money betting UK as an underdog. But as a favorite, especially in nonconference games, stay away



  4. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    11:09 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    Shocking as it may be, the people who truly concern themselves with point spreads are a pretty small minority of the overall fan base. Not everyone pisses money away gambling on sports.



  5. ukheat
    11:38 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    I considered putting down a hondo on Saturday’s game…just couldn’t take -17 UK.



  6. notFromhere
    11:56 am August 30, 2018 Permalink

    Root for em, but don’t use the spread to bet on a UK game. Good lesson for people to learn



  7. njCat
    4:38 pm August 30, 2018 Permalink

    It pretty much confirms what a has a lot of people concerned… that the team underperforms to expectations. Will be interesting to see if it gets better this year. If they don’t beat the spread in the first game at home against a MAC team it will set the tone for the season.



  8. Luether
    5:22 pm August 30, 2018 Permalink

    My sources say 6 – 6…



  9. Jiminy Crickets
    6:29 pm August 30, 2018 Permalink

    So the games we win we barely win, and games we lose we lose big??? 50 year story of UK football. Stoops won’t change it