Posted by caesari on 4/8/2014 10:56:00 PM (view original):
Posted by samson75 on 4/8/2014 10:13:00 PM (view original):Not entirely true. While you make a valid point, because of the the way percentages work, there is less variation in D1 rating matchups than in D3. Therefore, gameplanning becomes MORE important and player ratings less so (although they do still reign supreme).
SO recruiting is what is different at higher levels. Not the actual game. So coaches saying Jfootball's strategy is only a div 3 anomaly aren't really making sense. His game settings are what the topic is about, not his recruiting ability, although he obviously would need the later for the former to work.
Hey if people want to shut him up, come on over to Yost. More competitive coaches in the div 3 ranks would be welcome!!!
The Wishbone expirements are a great example. Many who ran the WB will tell you that it was successful at the lower levels, but the higher you went the more unproductive it was. This, I believe, was due to the fact that the ratings were like I mentioned above. A 10 point difference in D1 (80 vs. 90, or .88 vs 1) is smaller than a 10 point difference at D3 (50 vs. 60, or .83 vs 1).
I never really had this dropoff at D1AA. I made it to two D1AA NCs running it and should have won the first one. The second one, I actually beat the same team during regular season.
Unfortunately, I was on the "slow roll" plan to D1A in Heisman and never got to try it out at that level.
However, I will say this. At each level, vs highly talented teams (especially in the playoffs), the wishbone production generally stalled. You had to have a really, really good defense and plan to win a low scoring game.
In my experience with the WB...I set the running portion to Very Aggressive...hoping to get my top RBs to the outside on every running play. However, the danged engine would still only give me about 65% outside runs. The guys who could really shut it down were guys who would put their best tacklers on the field at every defensive position...especially the DBs.