Ohio State may be playing shorter football games soon
It appears our Buckeye blowout victories will need to wrap up sooner in the coming seasons.
Driving the news: The NCAA Football Rules Committee has proposed several measures to shorten college football games, Axios Sports writes.
State of play: Officials are concerned about the heightened risk of player injury that comes with marathon games featuring snaps that don't affect game outcomes.
- With longer seasons coming after 2024's expansion of the College Football Playoff, the NCAA wants a jump on improving player safety.
One major proposal: Letting the clock run after first downs except in the final two minutes of a half, mirroring the NFL.
- The clock currently stops after a first down until referees reset the chains and spot the ball.
- Another suggestion is to prohibit consecutive timeouts in the same dead-ball period, which are often used to "ice" a field-goal kicker.
By the numbers: The average Football Bowl Subdivision game last season averaged 180 total plays over 3 hours, 27 minutes.
- OSU's 12 regular season games averaged slightly longer at 3 hours, 30 minutes.
The big picture: College football is not the only sport working to achieve shorter game times.
- MLB is implementing several new rules to speed up the pace of play this season, most notably a pitch clock.
- That's something Columbus Clippers fans are well used to by now.
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