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The college football season is officially underway, and I was quickly reminded of something…college football has gone crazy!!!!
The first thing that jumped out to me is a new rule regarding kickoffs. The NCAA took a page from the NFL and moved the kickoff up five yards to reduce the number of kick returns, therefore removing a few violent collisions each game. Great! But then they go and do something crazy. They change the kickoff touchback from the 20 yard line to the 25. Brilliant, try to reduce the number of kick returns to assist in player safety, then make it worse for the kicking team give a touchback, making it more likely for really high kickoffs leading to even bigger hits. Well done.
The SEC this year has added headsets to all their referees. This will allow them to communicate with each other instead of having to huddle up to discuss penalties. So what do they do in the first game? Constantly huddle up and discuss penalties…success.
I know it hasn’t happened yet, but starting next year the Big East will feature Boise State, cause when I think of the East I think Boise. Oh, and of course, for the second year in a row, the Big 12 will feature 10 teams and the Big 10 will feature 12 teams.
Look at the bright side, at least they added a playoff system…in two years.