We're in a two-minute offense as we try to catch up before the start of bowl season. Here's a look at how the 40/25-second clock rules impacted the final two weeks of the regular season and how the previous three seasons compare to 2008, thanks to Marty Couvillon of the indispensable cfbstats.com, the ultimate site for college football stats junkies. Go there and check it out.
The average length of a game has been shortened by 12 minutes and the number of plays is down 8.69 from 2007. Scoring has also decreased by 2.59 points a game.
To refresh, the Football Rules Committee has been trying to shorten the length of games. In 2006, the controversial 3-2-5e rule drastically cut the length of games, but also reduced plays and scoring to unacceptable levels. The rule was tossed out for the 2007 season, and scoring and points surpassed the 2005 levels. So did the length of games.