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College Football Officiating 10/31/09

Posted on: November 1, 2009 3:09 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2009 7:27 pm


I have one big question. Has there been a day with worse officiating?  What is up with the officiating of college football these days?  I know that everyone talks about there being the conspiracy of the refs throwing the games as to who the conference wants to win but how realistic is this?  My question starts out with the Iowa vs Indiana football game.  There were many bad calls in this game including  one that affected the score to the disadvantage of the loosing team.  I am sorry but they need to do a complete overhaul of the review system at this game.  I believe that in the end on the one call that they called him out of bounce was correct in the end.  BUT, I saw no evidence to reverse this call.  You have no way of telling whether or not his foot dragged on the ground.  This is the result of another problem of the endzone being black.  But that is a whole other topic.  I think that the replay system needed to be reviewed and the replay official needs to face some kind of penalty.

Now onto the next game.  Oky State vs Texas.  I don't know what the exact rule is on this play but I take serious offense onto the actions of the officials.  There was about two minutes left in the 2nd quarter and Texas has the ball.  Colt McCoy threw the ball and the reciever catches it.  The Oky State players grab him and he is still fighting for yards and the Oky State player strips the ball and comes up with it.  Now, the ruling on the field is that forward progress was stopped so the play was over.  Except the whistle never blew untill he was on the ground.  Now they line up for the next play and with one second left on the play clock Oky State calls the timeout to review the play.  Okay so the replay officials won't even review this play which is an obvious fumble.  I'm sorry but this may be a flaw in the rule but they need to at least review the play.  I see no evidence that it shouldn't be Oky States ball.  So Texas now takes the ball and drives down the field for a touchdown.  Also the fact that the Oky State players immediately after this had to sit over halftime and think about it affected their play in the rest of the game.  At least in the Iowa game the play was not right before halftime.  So why was the play not at lest reviewed by the replay official.  This is one serious flaw.

Okay now for the final game.  Minnesota vs Michigan State.  I didn't watch but the last few minutes of the game but what I saw was atrociuos officitating.  There was a roughing the passer call that was missed and on the same play a pass interference that was blatently ignored.  Minnesota tied the record for most penalties in a game at 17.  They won so this really didn't affect the outcome but the part that I saw was not very physical when you bring in the fact that everyone was mad about penalties.  So I want to know why there were so many penalties called in this game.

This week combined with the last couple of weeks with contreversial calls in the SEC (particularly in favor of Bama and Florida) have resulted in some of the sadest officiating of my life.  These calls are worse then when the Iowa State basketball team got ripped off of surly beating Kansas a couple of years ago (one of the stupidest events in my life).  Now I really think the NCAA needs to look at some of these events and take action.

Check out this video its 18 sec long the last angle shows it clearly no TD so I say we will never know

Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 8:49 pm

College Football Officiating 10/31/09

i'm looking at the NE vs OU game when the officials decided to stop the play, even though it had been going already for 5-10 seconds*, so they could review the play before that one. 
* it was either when the play was in progress or after the play was over, cant really remember.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2009 12:40 am

College Football Officiating 10/31/09

I watched the Iowa game on TV and was at the Minnesota game and I compleatly agree.  It has been my opinion for some time now that BigTen football refs are among the worst in the country, and they seem to have proved me right on Halloween.  The fans inside The Bank seemed to agree with me because they booed the refs, loudly, for over 5 straight mins after a bogus roughing the passer call.  Whatever happend to the theory that a well officiated game is one where you don't notice the refs at all?

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2009 7:16 am

College Football Officiating 10/31/09

I only saw the Indiana game, and you are right! There was not sufficient info to overrule the call on the field, unless they were looking through a spectrum that we did not see on TV. HORRIBLE reversal and Indiana got jobbed....

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