"They keep saying, ‘They say they want a shorter game.' I don't know they is really," Richt said. "I think it's because there are defensive coaches on the (rules) committee. They like games to be short, and they like to break records for defense."
Richt already is worried about explaining why his offense is not scoring as many points, he said.
"I think you'll hear more complaints when the games get shorter and the teams don't score as many points," he said.
Most coaches estimate between 10 and 14 plays per game will be lost, although some have suggested it could as many as 20. If both teams are determined to drain seconds off the clock, eight minutes of game time could be lost, Richt thinks.
"That's actual playing time, the excitement that the fans love is going to be gone," he said. "Hopefully, we'll change that thing back after one season."