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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: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 4:21 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

This is such a stupid rule change. The NCAA should be looking for things to cut outside of the actual football game. And with the original rule there was a lot more action too. If the NCAA really wants to make more money, because that's what this is all about, then why not do something that won't take away from the excitement of the game. Allow the athletes to sign endorsement deals but the NCAA gets a huge cut or something...

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 4:15 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I dunno. The NCAA could ask the TV networks to start their games no more than 3 minutes after they comeon. The NCAA could ask the TV networks to have halftimes no more than 12 minutes. I dunno, the NCAA could tell ESPN that they can't have so many commercial breaks during games and they really, really need to charge a bit more for the ones they will have so games don't take so long. I dunno, non-televised games seem to have no problem whatsoever finishing in 3 hours or less, usually a lot less.

Since: Jun 2, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 4:11 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

Right on.... I don't know how many times I've been sitting in the stands going, "What's taking so long [for them to run the play/start the offensive series]..." only to look at the 20 yard line to see the TV guy standing there - with a mile long cord attached to him - holding his hand in the air to let everyone know that HE is the reason that the football game can't continue...  Ah yes the 800 pound gorilla know as the "TV Timeout".  Atleast the commercials for football games are slightly entertaining; but I'd rather be watching the game!!!!

Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 4:01 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

If there weren't TV timeouts after every (a) score, (b) kickoff, (c) change in possession, (d) review on replay, (e) sneeze by the Back Judge, (f)...well, you get the picture.  A big part of the reason games take so long currently is that TV makes every game last 4 hours.  When you actually go to a game, it's sit there, and sit there, and sit there.  Then you see a few plays, and then you sit for another 3 minutes after that team is done with its possession -- whether it's a punt, a fumble, or a score. 


Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 3:44 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

I'll bet that canes_5rings will change her mind when all those Miami freshmen start running in a circle between plays. I hope Shannon has a designated timekeeper  or he will begin pulling his nosehair out (he doesn't have any on his head) . Lady, you had best ask him how he feels about it before you start pandering to the advertisers and the media corporations who keep trying to think up how they can squeeze more games in. If your IQ was higher than a palm tree you would see that there will be no after-game interviews with players and coaches, no replay of great plays and players, no analysis by talking heads and no mention of how the win or loss will play into the next game or weeks. Oh, that's right. Since it's Miami you won't be interested in those things because they will probably lose and you can blame the 40/25 rule.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2008 3:33 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

We're missing something here.  I could care less about changing the pace of play during the game.  I have a problem with commercial breaks.  They get longer and longer every year.  Mo money, mo money.  There is no bigger momentum killer than a 5 minute commercial break.  A home team, losing by 5, sacks the QB and forces a fumble.  They fall on the fumble and are ready to punch it in for the win.  But let's pause until tomorrow morning to hear from Budweiser and Geico.  It's AWFUL, especially in early season games when it's 90 degrees outside.

But Dodd can't say any of that because the world's worst is his employer, CBS.  The Commercial Broadcasting Station.

Cut 15 minutes of commercials each game and the problem has been solved.

Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:19 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

Why does everything always have to be treated so buisnesslike. Why can't there be one thing in this world that people can just enjoy without worrying about the money. College football racks it in every year anyway so why try and change things.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 1:17 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

Good call, Dodd! Unfortunately NCAA football is a business and they're not necessarily going to do things to help out their fans.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2008 1:16 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

This is actually the BEST news I've heard for College Football in a long time.  I don't think it jeopardizes what people love about the college game (hint: it ain't really long games).

OK, so we're losing a few plays and points.  But I'll take that to speed up the tempo of games and fit them into a 3-hour window.  Games were getting way too long.  Sure, nobody minds watching a 4-hour game when it's a nail-biter or it invloves your favorite team.  But almost every game was taking close to or more than 4 hours. 

The 40/25 rule makes much more sense than the crazy rules they added a few years back, when the clock wouldn't stop when a player went out of bounds.  Finally they've figured it out.  It's not like they copied the XFL or Arena Football League rules.  They went right to the best model in all of sports. 

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 12:48 pm

Someone please tell me my math is wrong...

...and just about every quality game is won by a game winning touchdown or field goal....this is a bad idea.

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