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Ackos

I wish the NCAA would leave the clock alone.

CFBFan

I wonder how much of the fewer plays from week 1 is skewed by the fact a lot of the games were against cupcakes thus leading the team ahead by 20+ points to not exactly hustling to get the next play off. I bet we see the reduction in number of plays start to get closer to what it had been once more competitive games begin.

Z-Bus

I don't think the new play clock had any difference in the amount of plays. The difference comes form the game clock running when the ball is reset after a player goes out of bounds. Most college teams need that 25 seconds to get the play off. Remember the NFL can get plays in a lot quicker with the helmet radios.

Also, the hashmarks are wider in college, so there are probably more out of bounds plays in college than the NFL.

I like the new play clock, but for me the 2 minutes out of bounds things should go away. Why change the rules of the game based on the time on the clock?

Pat

I agree 100% with ZBus. The logic is sound for higher tempo = same plays but with shorter real time.

The running clock on out of bounds plays just pisses away time for no reason. AND it seems stupid to me to change the rules of the game IN THE MIDDLE OF A GAME at some arbitrary 2:00 mark.

ctsooner

OU went that long? Are they including the 1 1/2 stoppage because of weather. I heard that they did a running clock in the 2nd half, can't see it actually taking 4+ hours to play

David

Fla vs Ten in 2008 - 108 total plays
Fla vs Ten in 2007 - 148 total plays
College fans lost 27% of the action. Regardless of the fact that the outcome would realistically been the same I still can not stand the fact that this much game action has been remove. This is equivalent to a 12 game season being reduced to 9 games.

CHANGE THE RULES BACK

butch

Good information here. But I have a problem with the bar charts - they give a false sense of how great the disparity is (they need to range from 0-145, not 125-145!) and makes it seem like you're manipulating the data to prove your point.

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Regardless of the fact that the outcome would realistically been the same I still can not stand the fact that this much game action has been remove.

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Remember the NFL can get plays in a lot quicker with the helmet radios.

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The difference comes form the game clock running when the ball is reset after a player goes out of bounds.

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Although the data sample remains small, it's pointing toward shorter games and fewer plays in 2008.

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