College football’s overtime rules are changing, albeit slightly, this upcoming 2021 season.
Overtime is one of the best aspects of college football. Each team gets a possession, starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line, in a single overtime period.
If the teams remain tied heading into the third overtime, the offenses are required to attempt two-point conversions if a touchdown is scored. That’ll change this upcoming season.
Now, instead, teams will be required to attempt two-point conversions starting in the second overtime period. Here’s the latest:
“The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday approved a change to overtime rules for the 2021 football season,” announced the NCAA on Thursday. “Teams will be required to run a 2-point conversion play after a touchdown when a game reaches a second overtime period. Previously, a 2-point attempt was required after the third overtime period.”
College football teams now will be required to attempt 2-point conversions in the second overtime period of games, not the third. Other rule changes here: https://t.co/RKCAVeqLyr
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) April 22, 2021
In addition, the third overtime will consist of alternating two-point conversion attempts as opposed to how it’s currently formatted.
“Also, if the game reaches a third overtime, teams will run alternating 2-point plays, instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line,” the NCAA continued. “This is a change from the previous rule, which started to use 2-point plays in the fifth overtime period.”
The NCAA is wanting to shorten games that reach overtime. Unfortunately, some aren’t a fan of the new overtime process.
The most annoying part of the NCAA’s overtime rule changes is that so much of it is in continual response to the 74-72 Texas A&M/LSU game in 2018 – which was one of the greatest college football games I’ve ever been to!
This really and truly is just not an issue.
— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) April 22, 2021
as college football makes overtime less and less representative of the game’s first 60 minutes and more completely random, I hope we can develop a framework for incorporating OT losses into win-loss records—because at this point they’re effectively ties. https://t.co/HcxabGH1xC
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 22, 2021
Further whittling away of college football’s overtime.
Let’s just put a runner on second base and see if a team can successfully execute a bunt and a sac fly for the victory. https://t.co/gW9Dvy94uw
— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) April 22, 2021
On the bright side, college football’s overtime process is still pretty much the same. And let’s be honest, most games don’t go to a third overtime.
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