Wednesday, September 06, 2006
New Timing Rules: Pro or Con?
BS, that is exactly what I think of the new timing rules in college football. I don't see the need to shorten the games at all, but if that is what they want to do so badly there are much better ways to go about it then the new rules that have been put into play this season. The new rules are as follows:
1) The clock will now start when the kicker kickes the ball as opposed to when the returner catches the ball.
2) the clock will now being on change of possessions when the ball is marked and ready for play. This is a terrible rule, one that not even the NFL has.
3) The last rule continues off of the second one as the clock will begin after a first down is made as soon as the ball is marked and ready for play.
I don't necessarily have a problem with the first or third rule, I almost agree with them. The second rule however is horrible. The fact you are forcing the offense and defense onto the field so quickly after a change of possession is ridiculous. If the college game is so worried about time why don't they just adapt the same rule the NFL uses. When a ball carrier runs out of bounds in the NFL the clock begins as soon as the ball is marked and ready to go. This changes at the end of each half though as the clock remains stopped until a play is ran. I do not know if this occurs under 2 or 5 minutes left in the half, but that is a great rule to go by. Why do they have to force the offense on the field to rush their first play? I just don't think the rules are good for the game. This week Bellotti will be here with his Oregon Ducks and he absolutely hates the new clock rules. We will see what he thinks if the game goes down to the final minutes and the clock begins to play a factor. Let me know what you guys think about these new clock rules. Yes against Nevada they worked in our favor but it won't always be like this.