We’re all experts.

There’s no way we would have handed off instead of taking a knee, or given up a game-winning TD with 10 men on the field, or given up a TD with 13 players on the field, or gone for it on 4th-and-32 with 3 timeouts left. Or … well, you get the point.

Leave those boneheaded decisions to the men who are paid millions to know more about football than anybody else.

Halfway through the 2023 season, we’ve already seen myriad examples of unthinkably bad coaching decisions.

For brevity’s sake, we narrowed this to the worst 10 … thus far:

10. Mizzou’s delay of game vs. Kansas State … one for the record books

All’s well that ends well, right?

This game ended with a historic 61-yard field goal from Harrison Mevis to knock off then-No. 15 Kansas State.

But … what was Eli Drinkwitz thinking just before that?

Mizzou had the ball at K-State’s 39-yard line — in position for a 56-yard field goal.

Somehow, coming out of a timeout, the Tigers inexplicably took a delay of game, forcing them back 5 yards.

No thanks to his coach, Mevis made it anyway — the longest kick in SEC history.

9. Florida too many No. 3s on the field vs. Utah

Players are allowed to wear the same jersey number. They’re just not allowed to be on the field at the same time.


Utah led Florida 7-3 midway through the 2nd quarter — the early stages of a classic opening-week offensive struggle.

On 4th-and-3, the Utes punted, but Florida was flagged for having 2 players on the field wearing No. 3.

The penalty gave Utah a first down, and the Utes went on to score a TD, stretching the margin to 14-3 in a game they won 24-11.

Does Florida win without that mistake? Impossible to say, but it clearly didn’t help.

8. The Gators weren’t done, though … 13 on the field vs. Kentucky

None of the 13 players on the field managed to keep Ray Davis out of the end zone, either, but at least all 13 had on a different number.

7. Colorado State coach Jay Norvell poking Prime …

Seriously, you’re going to trash talk Deion Sanders before a game?

Norvell made it personal.

Then Prime and the Buffs went out and made it painful, rallying for a late win in double overtime.

6. Jimbo Fisher vs. Alabama …

I can’t say it any better than our former colleague, Michael Bratton. Technically, Bratton lists about 4 or 5 bad decisions Jimbo Fisher made in a 6-point loss to Bama, but we’ll count it as 1 entry.

5. Nick Saban benching Jalen Milroe

As Norvell proved, not every bad decision is made during a game.

Saban decided after the Texas loss that it was time to look for another option at QB. The grand idea to start Tyler Buchner (and then play Ty Simpson) backfired so spectacularly in an embarrassing 17-3 win at USF that Milroe regained QB1 status without ever seeing the field in Tampa.

Saban announced the return to Milton almost as soon as the clock struck 0:00.

4. There aren’t many plays for 4th-and-32 …

Mizzou trailed LSU 42-39 with 1:15 left when Drinkwitz strangely decided to go for it on 4th-and-32 at their own 28-yard line.

The odds already were long, but the Tigers had 3 timeouts.

Football 101: Punt. Call your timeouts and get the ball back and take your chances.

Or … call the ol’ hook-and-ladder play and hope 11 defenders miss.

Mizzou did, in fact, force a quick 3-and-out, but it got the ball back at its 5-yard line with 41 seconds left. LSU promptly picked off a pass and walked in for an easy TD.

Trade punts, and the Tigers likely would have started that final drive around the 30 — needing about 25 yards to get in Mevis’ range for a game-tying kick.

3. Jedd Fisch not going for 2 … and then not knowing he had to go for 2

Arizona fans can debate which decision was worse.

USC opened the first OT with a TD and PAT.

Arizona promptly scored a TD and had a decision: Force 2OT with a kick … or try to walk it off. (Keep in mind, Arizona tied the game in the 4th quarter with a TD and 2-point conversion.)

Jedd Fisch decided to kick and keep playing.

Arizona opened the 2nd OT and scored again. But it appeared that Fisch didn’t know the Wildcats had to go for 2. His QB was on the sideline with his helmet off. Eventually, the Cats called a timeout. Their 2-point try failed.

USC eventually won in 3OT — long after the Cats had a chance to walk it off.

2. Notre Dame playing prevent defense on 3rd-and-19 vs. OSU

Let’s set the stage: Notre Dame led Ohio State 14-10. OSU was driving, but running out of time to score a game-winning TD.

The Irish had just blitzed OSU Kyle McCord, forcing an intentional grounding to set up 3rd-and-19 from the Notre Dame 22. Just 15 seconds remained.

The Irish were 2 plays from a signature win. Send the house again, force McCord into another rushed throw. Simple, right?

Instead, Irish head coach Marcus Freeman played it safe. He only rushed 3 and dropped 8 into coverage.

McCord calmly scanned the field and hit Emeka Egbuka for a 21-yard gain to the Irish 2-yard line.

The clock stopped with 7 seconds. OSU had time to attempt 2 passes. Both were incomplete.

Notre Dame changed personnel, somehow resulting in only 10 players being on the field for the final play. OSU ran it in for a TD.

Many focused on the final play gaffe — only 10 on the field — but the game was lost when Freeman decided to play prevent on 3rd-and-19.

1. Miami copying the ‘Miracle at the Meadowlands’ play

First of all, let the record forever show that it wasn’t actually a fumble, a’ight? Miami running back Donald Chaney’s left forearm was on the ground before Georgia Tech ripped the football loose.

The fact that nobody cares that that the Canes got jobbed confirms that people hate The U more than they hate bad refs, which is hysterical.

It’s also impossible to feel bad for Miami, when all the Canes had to do was handle a simple center-QB exchange, kneel down, and shake hands.

The only chance Georgia Tech had to win was if Miami did something utterly stupid, you know, like taking a page of out of the Miracle at the Meadowlands playbook.

On cue, Cristobal complied.

At least The U. is No. 1 in something, right?