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Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:10 pm

I'm scared. I'm more than scared. I just watched an NCAA video explaining the new timing rules and I'm concerned, confused, hungry and tired. Among other things.

This video explains administration of the new 40/25 rule. It is essentially the same rule used in the NFL. The 40/25 keeps every NFL game within that three-hour window so more beer can be sold, more network shows can be promoted. It's called time certainty certainty. Our college game does not need time certainty. If you're like me, you don't want college football packaged into a three-hour window.

According to my math (always a dicey proposition but hang with me, it's only a blog), the average college team ran 72 plays per game last season. Fine, great. The average NFL team ran 62.76 plays per game. That's with the 40/25 rule. That's also a difference of 9.14 plays per game. Multiplied by two teams thats more than 18 plays per game difference.

See why I'm scared? We're talking about 18 less plays per game. Because NCAA teams averaged .397 points per play last season that means we could be losing more than a touchdown per game in scoring (7.26 points). The NFL averaged .345 points per play last season, 13 percent less than Division I-A. I don't want to see it. The college game's popularity is at an all-time high. Part of the reason is that offense is an all-time high.

It looks to me like the NCAA rules committee is about to bastardize the game like it did two years ago when its misguided timing rules slashed something like 13 plays per game. The rules were adjusted last season and once again we had reasonable college football.

There were code words used like "pace of play" in rationalizing the timing rule changes this time. The pace of play was fine with me and with the the fans who set another record attendance record last season. If the committee really wanted to shorten games it would cut out overtime and shorten halftime.

But that would hurt the feelings of band geeks all over the country and actually help keep players healthy.

Who needs that?




Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 1:50 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...


Very nicely done.  What's even worse is in the BCS bowl games when they try and stretch them to 5 hours with their non stop commercials, and the over produced halftime shows.  Enough is enough, just give me my football....please.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:51 pm

Fixing what ain't broken

The NCAA keeps trying to fix what isn't broken.  Is college football trying to implode via constant rules changes, a la the NHL?   Leave the damn clock alone!

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:08 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I would like to thank the National Communist Association of America(NCAA) for screwing the fans again. I can't wait till all those blue hairs die off and we get some kids on the committee who actually played football after helmets were invented!  Then maybe we could see some real rule changes like less commercials.....I already know which beer I like and no I dont need auto insurance(especially if a damned lizard is selling it) I already have it. Condense all youre commercials in between quarters and during halftime( we dont need halftime highlights, if we need them we change the channel to espnews or check our cell phones) then the game would run much smother and faster but i guess this technology crap is too hard for the 80 something crowd to figure out!  Brilliant!

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2008 12:02 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I work for a local station that carries the BIG EAST Game of the Week via ESPN Regional TV.  .  Each game, ESPN guarantees a 3.5hr broadcast window.  Most games run over.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:40 am

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I don't think this move will really speed the games up much like the NFL did when they decided to keep the clock running on plays that go out of bounds.  This just takes out the variable of an inept crew blowing the whistle to start the 25 second clock, which was never done the same by crews around the country.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2008 10:11 am

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I'm also not a fan of these rule changes.  Why fix something that really isn't broken?  I have a personal vendetta against the long TV breaks.  The Big10 Network seems exceptionally bad at this.  The two OSU games that I went to that were broadcasted by the B10N were amazingly bad.  ESPN would get the award for being second worst in this category.  In my opnion ESPN's coverage is bad to begin with (some of the worst broadcasters and then throw in Mark May).

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 9:02 am


Last year it took about 12 to 15 seconds for the ref to spot the ball and start the play clock.  This means that even last year if it took 15 seconds to set the ball ready for play and start the 25 second play clock, 40 seconds still ran off the clock after plays that the clock was running and no first down was gained.  So now by starting it right after the last play at 40 seconds shouldn't really make a difference, it should only make the games consistant.  The rule that WILL make a difference is they will now be starting the game clock on out of bounce plays as soon as the ball is set ready for play.  This will result in 20+ seconds running off the game clock on each one of these plays.  This is where you will lose your plays per game,  not on the 40/25 rule.

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2008 7:58 am

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

On the recruiting UM had the best group of incoming LB ever! With a 5-7 season and a recruiting class like this. Says a lot about Shannon. After this seasons improvement we should be at the top of the recruiting again following this season. GO CANES!

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:52 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

Wonderdog... take it easy, bro!

I guess you must've been the guy who made up the old rules, because you seem pretty bitter about these changes (and, inexplicably, my opinion about them). 

I would like to point out that without commercials, you would stop seeing games on TV at all, so be thankful for what you've got.  Like it or not, there is a huge business aspect to college football.  As for the replays, post-game interviews and analysis, just watch an NFL game sometime.  They've actually figured out how to squeeze all of that in.  And considering the TV windows for college are actually built for 3 hour games, you are less likely to see any post-game coverage when a game goes 4 hours.  Plus, there's the always fun JIP (Joined In Progress).  You actually miss all that precious extra game you carve when they cut away early from the game you're watching or join the next game late in the first quarter.  And seriously... you don't think there will be replays?  Who's got the IQ of palm tree here?

By the way, really clever way of trying to oh so subtly imply that I am a woman or less of a man because of my opinion on this.  What are you, 12?

As for the Canes... you just worry about your team (I don't know who that is because you've conveniently left them off your profile).  I'm not worried about my team handling this change or about their future success.  In case you weren't paying attention, Miami's freshmen make up the #1 recruiting class in the country.

Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 8:30 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

  who is your squad? We had a bad year and you act like Miami never wins any games. We will be back on top in 2009 and you will see a much improved team this year. Us against the world! Love by Few, Hated by many, Respected by all!

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