The new redshirt rule, passed this offseason to universal acclaim, will change the way coaches approach roster management.
How will it change their approach? No one exactly knows.
"It completely changes (the approach to redshirting players). I don't know if people on the outside or even maybe us on the inside understand how different that rule is," Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said Monday. "How much the game is going to be different, the strategy behind it. I think it's going to be fun. I think it's a good rule. We got into some dicey situations last year in the playoff where an injury here or there we would have had to pull a redshirt on a guy.
"So it takes that out of the equation, which is good. That's the right thing for the players and it does give you a chance to use those games in the way you best see fit. I think each group will have their own strategy for it and I think it will be interesting to see and I think it will be something we learn from year-to-year and I think it was a good, positive step for college football."
It's hard to state ahead of time how your staff will approach the new rule because it's impossible to plan for injuries. But, beyond that, it seems the approaches will vary from school to school. Do you play everyone for your first two games and then evaluate from there? Do you hold your young players out for later in the season when your 2-deep starts taking on wear and tear?
Or do you try to thread the needle and do both?
No one's quite sure, which will make this season such an interesting experiment.
"I think everybody is trying to figure out when the best time is to use it, it's probably going to be a case-by-case basis," Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "You want to try to get 'em in the game at some point during the year, whether this be the beginning or the end or the bowl game. I think it's a great rule. I think it will allow young players to build confidence, get in and figure out the game and not lose that year which is good and it's beneficial to them."