College Football Roundup – Common Sense Rules and Quarterbacks Edition


It”s Friday, which means it”s time for another edition of College Football Roundup. This week”s discussion deals mostly with rules and quarterbacks.

– Surprisingly, basic common sense prevailed earlier this week, as the 10-second rule was withdrawn from consideration.

– Much like a neutered dog, Nick Saban just doesn”t get it. When interviewed after the slow down rule was withdrawn, he still attempted to justify his position with the following statement:

“”Now, I know a lot of you say there”s no statistical information that says if you play 88 plays in the game you have a better chance to get hurt if you play 65 plays in a game. Over 12 games that 250 (additional) plays, approximately. That”s four games more that you are playing.””

Actually, there is statistical information on this subject, and it completely refutes Saban”s assertion. According to CFB Matrix”s Pace of Play Report, the SEC suffered the highest number of injuries despite running the fewest number of plays.

– That analysis also shows that the Big mobile casino 12 lost the fewest number of starts over the same time period, even though it averaged more plays per game than any other league.

– Of course, the last two points shouldn”t really be a surprise to anyone. After all, there are far fewer collisions in the open field than there are between the tackles.

– Speaking of big hits, the NCAA”s Playing Rules Oversight Panel is going to modify the targeting rule. If an instant replay overturns the ejection for targeting, the officials will nullify the penalty as well.

– It”s hard to make sense of Michael Brewer”s transfer to Virginia Tech. Sure, he”ll get the chance to compete for the starting position right away, but will playing in the Hokies” ground-oriented attack – dubbed #Loeffense because of its struggles a year ago – really prepare him for the next level?

– Expect a monster year out of Everett Golson. After two months of instruction with QB guru George Whitfield, he should have no trouble picking up right where he left off in 2012.

– I completely disagree with Gus Malzahn”s decision to prevent Nick Marshall from working out with Whitfield over the summer. Several of college football”s top signal callers – most notably Missouri”s James Franklin – took lessons from Whitfield last offseason, and were noticeably better as a result of it. The potential upside for improvement clearly outweighs the desire to have a single voice calling the shots.

– If the preceding point seems somewhat petty, remember that one play can mean the difference between winning and losing (see: 2013 Georgia – Auburn).

Terry Johnson is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. Follow him on TwitterFacebook, and/or Google .