The Ohio State football program still hasn’t named a starting quarterback for the 2023 season. The battle between Kyle McCord and Devin Brown rages on. While we don’t know when Ryan Day will name a starter, he has indicated that both might play in Week 1 against Indiana.
That’s a horrible idea. The last time the Buckeyes had a quarterback controversy in 2015, it was an unmitigated disaster. It was perhaps Urban Meyer’s most talented Ohio State football team and the mismanagement at quarterback forced the offense into a spiral.
Those offensive issues culminated in a game against Michigan State that kept the Buckeyes out of the College Football Playoff because they could only put up 14 points at home. That whole season, the offense was deeply inconsistent. The same thing would happen this year.
I think that Day needs to pick a starting quarterback and stick with him the entire game. If he doesn’t play well, then pull him and keep the other guy in next week against Youngstown State too. It makes no sense to have one guy play a few drives and then have the other come in and play some.
Day has not indicated how he’s going to handle the quarterbacks if no clear-cut winner emerges. This is a first for him. He’s never gone this far into Fall practice without naming his guy. But having two guys play in a Big Ten game that is the season-opener would be a mistake.
At this point, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t Brown who stepped out on the field as the starter next Saturday. There’s a reason that this battle has gone on for as long as it has. McCord didn’t grab it when he had the chance. My assumption is that Brown now has the lead.
I guess we’ll see soon enough what Day and his staff decide to do.