The word ‘or’ should be banned from depth charts. Depth Charts are fluid — 99% of fans understand that. Things can change. But I’m supposed to believe that a coach really can’t pick between two players? Because if that’s true, you should be worried about that coach. If it’s 4th and 1, is he going to tell his players, “We should go for it…or punt. One of the two?” Coaches have to be decisive: it’s part of the job.
You want to list a 1a and a 1b? Fine, at least 1a is a minor step above 1b. But ‘or’ is a complete cop out.
I also don’t believe that not picking a starting quarterback (which, let’s be honest, is about the only spot on a depth chart a coach would use ‘or’) gives a team a major strategic advantage. If you’ve got two quarterbacks that have hugely different styles (*cough* UT Martin *cough*) coaches are preparing their team for both. They’re pretty smart like that.
Just because you name a quarterback as number one on the depth chart doesn’t mean he has to start. It doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind. It doesn’t mean you can’t ‘use’ your depth chart to try to fool other coaches, if you’re going all in on that strategic advantage thing.
But, give us something. It’s hard enough to follow the OVC — I can’t just turn on my TV to ESPN and get caught up. Name a starter. You have in your mind. At least, I hope you have.
Four play non-Division I teams. Four play FCS “money” games.
One plays an FCS opponent.
I understand that money games are necessary. According to the NCAA this week, not one single FCS Athletic Department made money in 2013. That’s the norm. Small Conference Athletics cost schools money, and there’s no better way to get a six-digit check than playing against a high-end FBS team that needs an likely win on their schedule.
And I understand that teams need home games, for much of the same reason.
But it really kicks off the season on a low note, and really tempers excitement.
You may be tired of ALS Ice Bucket challenge videos, but I have to post a few more. First up — Murray State basketball.
Also, two members of the OVC Ball team have taken it as well. First up, our Tennessee Tech writer Nick Rogers:
And then…so did I:
As a note, OVC Ball also donated $100 dollars to the ALS Foundation, and I encourage all of you to donate as well, even if it’s only $5 or $10 — every dollar helps.