Monday, July 28, 2008

New SEC Clock Changes

What the crap. You'd think they were purposely trying to shorten the greatest game in the greatest conference America has ever seen.

The SEC released new clock changes last week that will definitely alter the way offenses will flow and how defenses scheme this upcoming season.

The major change is going from a 25 second clock to a 40 second clock. This new clock will start at the end of every play allowing offenses to dictate the pace at which they run. This will probably be more evident with spread offenses as using a no huddle approach and switching up formations is fairly prevalent in that scheme. This change I don't mind too much, however, the out of bounds clock change really "grinds my gears" as Peter Griffin would say.

Now after a play that goes out of bounds, the clock will start as soon as the ball is placed ready to be snapped. I really can't say how many games I've witnessed over the past 15-20 years where throwing out passes and running out of bounds have allowed me to see some of the greatest college football game finishes. National Championship games, Conference Championship games, and even your head to head conference games have all seen close finishes where using out of bounds and taking your time with the next play has made the difference. This will probably also put more pressure on the quarterback, and the team in general to be more precise and crisp in play selection and development.

Now back to the games. Speaking just from last year, how many SEC games went down to the wire and teams used sideline plays to dictate their play calling? I would venture to guess at least 10 nationally televised SEC games went down to the wire. This rule will change a lot of late game play calling.

We'll see what happens, but as for now, I'm not too excited. I'd rather games be long, drawn out, with little restrictions.

I also forgot to mention they have thrown out the 5 yard penalty for face mask. They are now all 15 yards, and the horse collar tackle is now illegal and worth 15 yards as well.

Fall practice begins for most teams at the end of this week and beginning of next, so we are on the verge people.

Good stuff.

Monday, July 14, 2008

40+ Days and counting

Mother of mercy.

You know it's been too long without college football when you find yourself at home on a Sunday afternoon watching a 1989 football game replay on VHS with your dad.

Unless you came out of the womb with a pulse for watching the MLB, then you, like me are about to go crazy raiding message boards for an ounce of information about next years season or praying for early commitments from 2009 High School seniors for your favorite team.

The sad thing is that there are millions of us doing this very thing. Per an ESPN insider who frequents one of these crazy message boards I waste a lot of time on, College Football Live or a form of it will be a year round show starting towards the end of July (22nd I believe) which will be a much needed reprieve from the drudgeries of a normal summer day. The show during the offseason will primarily concentrate on recruiting and how it is becoming the most significant part of the non football year.

As I sit and reminisce for a second about when I was first introduced to recruiting and the addiction it brings, I think of Forrest and Jamie on Countdown to Signing Day which seems like ages and ages ago. Who would've thought that the service of recruiting would blow up like it has. I think this past year it got more coverage than the NFL and NBA drafts combined. It is becoming a year round activity which is probably beginning to anger and will continue to anger wives and girlfriends alike for the next century.

Anywho, I'm going to try and update much more this go around. Last year, school was dominating me much like any SEC team that plays Ohio State and I had little to no time to react. Sorry had to get a jab in somewhere. ;)

Till next time.