USA Today surveys the wreckage from the new clock rules and comes up with this completely unsurprising conclusion:
Games are 14 minutes faster and have eight fewer plays than last year.
Super duper! The NCAA is thrilled because… well, because nobody’s shown up yet with pitchforks and torches to storm the castle.
But Rogers Redding, the NCAA’s secretary-rules editor, said he has heard no groundswell of opposition to the new rule even with the decrease in plays.
“It’s been amazingly quiet,” he said. “Certainly, there’s not been a firestorm of any kind.”
Which I guess makes Urban Meyer chopped liver.
“I’m not a fan of the clock rule,” said Meyer. “I feel like they are cheating the fans (and), more importantly, the players. The players need more plays.”
Maybe he needs to give Redding one of those patented point and glares for emphasis. Humor aside, this is a pretty telling stat if you ask me:
… Florida statistics show since 1974, the Gators have had only 10 games (out of 413 played) in which they ran 55 or fewer offensive plays. Two of them have come in their three games this season, with 54 against Tennessee and 55 against Hawaii.