New FBS Overtime Rules Changes

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Football is a brutal sport. We know that. There are big-time collisions on almost every play. Therefore, the NCAA is looking into ways to make sure games that go to overtime don't subject players to unnecessary injury risk.


 

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Dorking with OT is dumb ... OT isn't super common... and OT is tons of fun.

I feel like 'but there will be fewer plays' arguments are just just barely technically true ... but really have no impact on the overall number of plays in a season.

And then we want more playoffs....
 
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I honestly don't see any problem with this, though. It should actually be more exciting, for the rare occasions when OT goes to more than one period.

If a game reaches the second overtime, teams would be required to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown. If the game reaches a third overtime period, instead of moving the ball back to the 25-yard line to start the next period, teams will be required to alternate two-point plays.
 

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I honestly don't see any problem with this, though. It should actually be more exciting, for the rare occasions when OT goes to more than one period.

If a game reaches the second overtime, teams would be required to attempt a two-point conversion after a touchdown. If the game reaches a third overtime period, instead of moving the ball back to the 25-yard line to start the next period, teams will be required to alternate two-point plays.
Agreed, also want to draw attention to:

Unsportsmanlike tactics​

In an editorial change to the rules book, video board and lighting system operators cannot create any distraction that obstructs play.
Would this mean no more dramatic gopher when there are FG attempts toward the big screen? Or does this only apply to thing like flashing videos?

Feigning injuries​

This topic has been thoroughly debated in recent years by the committee. Most of the discussion centers around teams using the tactic to feign an injury to slow down the opposition’s momentum.

The rules committee is proposing a framework to allow a school or conference to request a postgame video review about questionable actions through the NCAA secretary-rules editor/national coordinator of officials for football.
I still hold that we lost the TCU game due to a player faking an injury. Clock was running down and we were ready on offense, but because there was a player down on the field for an injury we couldn't snap the ball for one last play, however it wasn't enough time for the refs to blow the whistle and stop the clock.

I don't know if this maybe became a rule, but I feel like if the clock runs out because the defense doesn't get set or what have you, the offense should get 1 play with 0:00 on the clock.
 

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Agreed, also want to draw attention to:

Would this mean no more dramatic gopher when there are FG attempts toward the big screen? Or does this only apply to thing like flashing videos?


I still hold that we lost the TCU game due to a player faking an injury. Clock was running down and we were ready on offense, but because there was a player down on the field for an injury we couldn't snap the ball for one last play, however it wasn't enough time for the refs to blow the whistle and stop the clock.

I don't know if this maybe became a rule, but I feel like if the clock runs out because the defense doesn't get set or what have you, the offense should get 1 play with 0:00 on the clock.

Don't remember the specific TCU situation but why wouldn't we have been able to snap the ball? If the player was hurt enough for the officials to notice they would have stopped the clock.

Not sure about the rules at the time but currently if you substitute the refs will delay to give the other team time to sub as well. But there is no rule now or in the past that I am aware of that says you can't snap the ball if the D isn't set.

Again, I don't remember the specifics from that game but would surprise me if an injured TCU player somehow made us run out of time to snap the ball.
 

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Would this mean no more dramatic gopher when there are FG attempts toward the big screen? Or does this only apply to thing like flashing videos?


I believe the event that caused this rule is this:


To me that was pretty unsportsmanlike ...


Dramatic Gopher just plays the video, and holds the pic (no flashing or motion) when they actually kick... to me that's all just fun / not really distracting.
 

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weird rule change. don't really care either way but if it's in the argument of player safety and reducing plays, just move the ball to the 10, make 2pt conversions mandatory right away, and just alternate them going for 2 after the first score. Would imagine the percentage of games going to 1st versus 2nd versus 3rd OTs+ is rather miniscule. if you're going to make the reduction and claim that is what it's for, i don't exactly understand why you do it in this weird/confusing way
 

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Am I the only one that wouldn't hate if there were ties? I hate the hockey/soccer shootout as a way to end games. Don't want football to go that direction.
 

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Am I the only one that wouldn't hate if there were ties? I hate the hockey/soccer shootout as a way to end games. Don't want football to go that direction.

I wouldn't mind ties either. I would be totally cool with one full round of OT (both teams have the ball first once) and then it being a tie.

There won't be many ties.
 

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Don't remember the specific TCU situation but why wouldn't we have been able to snap the ball? If the player was hurt enough for the officials to notice they would have stopped the clock.

Not sure about the rules at the time but currently if you substitute the refs will delay to give the other team time to sub as well. But there is no rule now or in the past that I am aware of that says you can't snap the ball if the D isn't set.

Again, I don't remember the specifics from that game but would surprise me if an injured TCU player somehow made us run out of time to snap the ball.
Reviewing the game on youtube seems to contradict my recollection, my bad.
 

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Reviewing the game on youtube seems to contradict my recollection, my bad.
Just watched it as well. Ugly series but nothing out of the ordinary clock wise. If their D-Lineman had caught the pass thrown right to him on 2nd down the game would have been over right there :)

That and on 3rd down with 18 seconds left, probably not the best time to scramble and then dump off a short pass to the RB in the middle of the field.....
 

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Why don't they just do a simple coin toss and be done with it.

It will be major bummer if your team loses key players in OT due to injury.

Or just play one series for each team, and if it ends up in a tie so be it.
 

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For those of us who played the game sometimes the tie is as good as a win.
 

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Am I the only one that wouldn't hate if there were ties? I hate the hockey/soccer shootout as a way to end games. Don't want football to go that direction.

I am ok with ties. From the new proposal, if it went beyond 2 OTs (which allows both teams to be on Defense first), I'd say call it a draw.

Gophers last Tie, October 29, 1988 vs Illinois (27 all).
 

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What year did overtime in college football begin? We lived without it for 100 yrs.
 
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