SEC coaches’ records against the spread: Don’t bet on Les

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SDS came across a fascinating article from College Football by the Numbers on how the SEC coaches have performed against the spread. In particular, the author’s study centered around Les Miles and was conducted after LSU’s loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

The study compared Miles to his peers since 2005 in SEC play.

Here is every SEC team’s record against the spread since 2005.

Team ATS ATS %
Arkansas 37-27 .578
S Carolina 35-26-3 .574
Alabama 33-28-3 .541
Auburn 34-30 .531
Vanderbilt 32-31-1 .508
Tennessee 31-32-1 .492
Miss State 31-32-1 .492
Florida 30-32-2 .484
Ole Miss 30-33-1 .476
Georgia 28-33-3 .459
Kentucky 29-35 .453
LSU 25-36-3 .410
Texas A&M 5-3 .625
Missouri 3-5 .375

LSU has posted the worse ATS record in league play since 2005. Most notably, however, LSU is 85-21 overall and 47-17 in SEC play under Miles’ spectacular guidance, and as evidenced by his quirky nature and late-game heroics, Miles just wins ugly.

There have been 25 different coaches in the SEC since Miles took over in 2005, and here are their coaching records against the spread.

Coach ATS Record ATS %
Bobby Petrino 20-12 .625
Nick Saban 27-20-1 .574
Steve Spurrier 35-26-3 .574
Phil Fulmer 17-14-1 .548
Bobby Johnson 21-18-1 .538
Gene Chizik 17-15 .531
Dan Mullen 17-15 .531
Tommy Tuberville 17-15 .531
Rich Brooks 21-19 .525
Ed Orgeron 12-11-1 .522
Urban Meyer 22-24-2 .478
Houston Nutt 26-30 .464
Mark Richt 28-33-3 .459
Sly Croom 14-17-1 .452
Les Miles 25-36-3 .410
Derek Dooley 9-15 .375
Joker Phillips 8-16 .333
Hugh Freeze 6-2 .750
James Franklin 10-6 .625
Lane Kiffin 5-3 .625
Kevin Sumlin 5-3 .625
Will Muschamp 8-8 .500
Mike Shula 6-8-2 .429
Gary Pinkel 3-5 .375
John L Smith 3-5 .375
Robbie Caldwell 1-7 .125

Aside from Derek Dooley and Joker Phillips, Miles has performed the worst against the spread since 2005. The latter half of the chart was deemed too small of a sample size to include in the main list.

Photo Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

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