The W
Views: 133210812
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Color chart | Log in for more!
24.5.11 1650
The 7 - Football - Pure Vitriolic Hatred of a College Football Rule Change
This thread has 1 referral leading to it
Register and log in to post!
(881 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
Post (3 total)
Level: 158

Posts: 5278/7534
EXP: 49730784
For next: 955551

Since: 24.7.02

Since last post: 1788 days
Last activity: 1788 days
#1 Posted on 31.8.06 2054.50
Reposted on: 31.8.13 2058.15
For those who didn't watch Central Michigan vs. Boston College (if Central Michigan had a mediocre coach, they would have won) or Mississippi State vs. South Carolina and are waiting for this weekend or Texas/Ohio State weekend to begin watching college football, a significant rules change that severely impacts the strategy of games has been instituted. On change of possessions, the game clock now starts when the official puts the ball into play, rather than the clock not starting until the snap. This means that in late game situations, a team with 3 time-outs that punts is still 1 time-out short, as the clock starts before 1st down and, should the team with the lead run the ball into the line, would run 3 more plays, thus meaning 4 time-outs are necessary. This also shortens the number of plays in a game, as this is done after every turnover, loss on downs, kick-off or punt. Since the purpose of this rule appears to be to get games to run within the TV window they are in, here are a few other changes that could/should have been instituted that wouldn't be nearly as bad as this abomination:
Don't stop the clock when a 1st down is achieved for the chains to move. Keep the clock running like the NFL does.
Perhaps less TV timeouts. Won't happen, but it wouldn't ruin the integrity of the game.
Return to the old college football strategy and eliminate overtime. I admit I'm old fashioned, but I much preferred Miami/Nebraska where Nebraska had to decide on a tie or going for the win in the '83 title game, or Miami/Notre Dame in '88 where the Canes went for 2 in the last minute down 1 in a season where they finished #2 and Notre Dame finished #1. That is a lot better than 'You get the ball at the 25 then I get the ball at the 25.' How much shorter is the average game if you eliminate some of the multi-overtime games of the past few seasons? The option of overtime eliminates alot of 4th quarter coaching strategy.
As for the other rule change of the clock starting on a kick-off: I'm ambivalent.

(edited by redsoxnation on 31.8.06 2157)
Promote this thread!
Level: 65

Posts: 916/974
EXP: 2326892
For next: 8748

Since: 8.5.02
From: San Diego, CA

Since last post: 2560 days
Last activity: 875 days
#2 Posted on 31.8.06 2221.25
Reposted on: 31.8.13 2227.12
They should have thought of other ways to speed up the game, like keeping the clock running on first downs like RSN suggests. They don't need to go to NFL-type timing, but just that one change could cut a lot of play time off the clock.
I can't stand this starting the clock on the kickoff. It's nonsensical. Same with starting the clock on change of possessions. Idiotic changes just for the sake of change.
I also think they should go to a more NFL type of OT, except each team gets at least one possession, then it's sudden death. That would satisfy the people who think straight sudden death is "unfair".
Mr. Boffo
Level: 118

Posts: 1691/3844
EXP: 18313840
For next: 69128

Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

Since last post: 1761 days
Last activity: 1721 days
#3 Posted on 1.9.06 1152.42
Reposted on: 1.9.13 1156.14
Football Outsiders did an article about this. They discuss various scenarios that this affects. Very telling is a quote by Mike Belotti, head coach of Oregon.

“As a coach, I am appalled at the rule changes,” said Oregon’s Mike Bellotti at the Pac-10’s preseason media day. “They are major and very severe, in my mind, and are going to change the game as we know it — especially starting the game clock at the ready signal after change of possession.

“That changes a lot of strategy, a lot of opportunities at the end of a game. And I’m disappointed because I can’t find anybody who says they were in favor of that.”
Thread ahead: Party Like It's 1995
Next thread: Players needed for a Yahoo! Fantasy Football League
Previous thread: Reminder: The-W's Fantasy Football Draft is near!
(881 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
Related threads: Yahoo College Spread League - Coaches poll released - Alamo Bowl = 0.8 Cal-Stanford - More...
The 7 - Football - Pure Vitriolic Hatred of a College Football Rule ChangeRegister and log in to post!

The W™ message board - 7 year recycle

©2001-2018 Brothers Zim
This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.293 seconds.