SjT: The new Clock Rules

Almost everyone is unhappy with the new running clock rules in college football. You can add our Stephen J. Truog to that list....

So Steve - What do you think....

A reader writes: "So far, I hate the new timing rules. They completely change end-game clock management."
I'll agree with that. Watching games the first weekend and seeing it in person on Saturday, it really seems to ruin a lot of the excitement that is collegefootball and seems like an overreaction.

Were games too long? Yeah. But it seems like the TV timeouts (especially NBC Dame games) had more to do with that than the clock.

Maybe use the new rules for most of the game, but in the final 2 minutes of the half, I'd like to see them go back to the old rules. One of the late series in the UNH game, they got the punt and the clock began ... then they had a false start, so it continued to run.

Had that been a close game and we had all 3 of our timeouts left, they'd have run almost a minute off the clock before 1st down was even played, meaning we'd have to start using timeouts after the change of posession and be out after 2nd down. BOOOOOO!!!

College football has thrived on these amazing finishes the past years, especially in Evanston. These new rules just seem to be overkill against that -- in week 1, the FSU-Miami and GaTech-ND endings were rather blah when they could have been exciting under the old rules.
GO CATS!!!
-SjT

[Of course then NU won't be able to come back on the BCS teams like they used to.... -- Coach Roy]
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