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NCAA Rule Changes

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:37 pm
by BestOfBreed
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview06 ... id=2543105

Most of them aren't a big deal other than Rule 3-2-5, 3-2-5-e.
Rule 3-2-5, 3-2-5-e: When the ball is free kicked, the game clock will start. When Team B is awarded a first down, the game clock will start on the ready-for-play signal.


The way I understand it the clock starts when the kicker kicks the ball on kickoffs and the clock no longer stops on a turnover, a failure to convert on downs, or punts (on a change of possession the ball is spotted and the clock is wound). The offense has to be ready to get on the field and go.

Espn's "expert" Jim Donnan does say:
For teams that run the wishbone or have a dominant running game and like to milk the clock, these rules will help them with ball control.


They've also cut the height of the kicking tee which should cut down on the number of touchbacks.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:46 pm
by walliver
This will change the strategy near the end of games as it essentially eats up 24 additional seconds with each change of possession. Unfortunately, it will make TV timeouts have more of an effect on game play. A TV timeout on change of possession will give teams more time to prepare and get on the field than a regular change of possession.