How Arkansas’ Pittman Ranks Among SEC’s Coaches Against the Spread

How Arkansas’ Pittman Ranks Among SEC’s Coaches Against the Spread
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Few coaches in college football have resurrected a program quite like Arkansas’ Sam Pittman, who posted more wins last season (seven) than his predecessor (Chad Morris) did in 32 games with the program (four).

Fresh off the program’s best two-year stretch in more than a decade, Pittman and the Razorbacks are looking to capture their first SEC championship (and first conference title since winning the Southwest Conference in 1989 under Ken Hatfield) and to continue driving Arkansas sports betting. broke down where each SEC coach stands against the spread during their time with their current school, utilizing records from

For this list, only games from the coach’s current stint were included. Teams with new coaches entering the 2023 season were not included.

SEC Coaches Against the Spread

TeamCoachATS RecordCover Percentage
ArkansasSam Pittman22-13-162.9%
TennesseeJosh Heupel15-1157.7%
GeorgiaKirby Smart55-4157.3%
LSUBrian Kelly8-657.1%
Texas A&MJimbo Fisher33-26-155.9%
AlabamaNick Saban119-98-354.8%
FloridaBilly Napier7-653.9%
South CarolinaShane Beamer13-12-152%
KentuckyMark Stoops61-63-149.2%
Ole MissLane Kiffin16-18-247.1%
VanderbiltClark Lea11-1345.8%
MissouriEli Drinkwitz16-2044.4%

Although there is no Caesars Sportsbook Arkansas, nationally the operator has Georgia as the SEC favorite this year at -115 odds.

Pittman The Class of the SEC ATS

Despite a slight lag in wins during his third year with the Razorbacks, Pittman has definitely punched above his weight class with the school to date.

That’s especially true against the spread, where Pittman has gone 22-13-1, posting a cover percentage of 62.9% with the program, which is the best figure in the SEC among current coaches.

Pittman ranks ahead of Tennessee’s Josh Heupel (57.7% cover percentage), Kirby Smart of Georgia (57.3%), LSU’s Brian Kelly (57.1%) and Jimbo Fisher of Texas A&M (55.9%).

As for the 2023 Arkansas football season, national oddsmakers at BetMGM Sportsbook (there is no BetMGM Sportsbook Arkansas) give the Razorbacks +10000 odds of winning the SEC (ranking 10th in the conference) with a win total over/under of 7.

If Pittman’s ATS run continues in 2023, Razorbacks fans might be smart to cash in on the +110 odds the New York-based operator is giving on the win total over at the moment.



Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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