Strategy vs Rating?

Seems to be an age-old question in sports games:  Strategy vs rating?  Some people say that ratings go into developing a strategy, and while this is true, they are still two completely different aspects of how you look at the game.  First just some background as to what strategy and ratings are.

What is strategy?  According to Merriam-Webster, strategy is “the art of devising or employing plans or stratagems toward a goal.”  Why did I give you the definition of strategy?  Because there is more than one strategy you can employ at a time, which is something you should never forget.

What is a rating?  No need for a formal definition here, a rating in NCAA is how the players rank best to worst.  Now there are multiple ratings in NCAA, but we’re going to focus on the overall rating.  Why?  Because the other ratings that go into determining your overall, are the ratings that go into devising a strategy.

In NCAA, the answer is pretty simple: Strategy over ratings any day of the week.  Sorry guys, but ratings just don’t cut it the same way a strategy can.  Now I am in no way saying I could use UL Lafayette(no offense) and beat someone using Bama.  While it could happen against someone with no prior knowledge or use of a gaming controller, I don’t see it happening because Bama is too good.  You need to have a balance of ratings along with strategy, therefore letting certain specific ratings effect how you play.  Having a QB with a good arm along with a tall WR with good CIT(Catch in Traffic) and Catch ratings, you could work on user catching and make plays down field.  A fast QB with decent accuracy and one of those small agile HBs, and you could have yourself a nice option attack mixed with some quick screens to really piss someone off, including me.

Just some quick pointers to think about:

  • If you’re going to be passing, make sure you try to center something around your QB.  Having four tall, fast receivers is great, but when you don’t have a QB who can get the ball to them, what does it matter?
  • Offensive line is important, don’t overlook it.
  • Receivers REALLY need to know how to catch.
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