There’s been no better place to keep up with the effect of the new clock rules on the college game this year than at The Wizard of Odds. So here’s what we learn with this week’s post on the subject:
… Although 13 minutes have been shaved from the length of the average game,9.06 plays have been lost, according to data compiled by Marty Couvillion of cfbstats.com.
… Given the lack of protest from the rest of the coaching fraternity, there is a strong possibility that the 40/25 rules could be here to stay. That would swing open the doors for more commercialization and the likelihood that in two or three years the length of games will once again be pushing the 3:20 mark.
Take notice of what’s happening. Long commercial breaks often suck the energy out of the stadium. For fans sitting at home, commercials are now being inserted after kickoffs, following the NFL blueprint.
What I’ve noticed so far is that the 40-second clock hasn’t impacted the game nearly as much as the new rule on out of bounds plays has. That’s been palpable, and something I noticed as early as this year’s G-Day game. The ‘Bama game brought home that it’s nearly impossible to mount a comeback from a severe first half deficit, which by definition makes the college game more boring.
Two or three years from now I’ll be curious to see if the new clock rules have any effect on the game’s popularity.