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If you could make ONE rule change to College Football...

DuckTownHusker

Blackshirt Sith Lord
5 Year Member
Okay, you're the Supreme Potentate of NCAA Football and can make one rule change to the game. More specifically, I'm talking about on-field rules like Pass Interference or Coach's Replay Challenges. Nothing to do with the off-field junk like paying players or realigning conference, etc.

What one rule change do you make to the game?
 

joncarl

Nobody important
15 Year Member
If you launch and hit someone above the head and shoulders you may have targeting,. If you are going to tackle and the person ducks, slips, turns etc. and you accidentally hit them in the head, 15 yds but no ejection. Or something like that. Too many things happen too quick for the defender to do something different.
 

Oklahusker

King of Cold Takes
2 Year Member
Two different levels to the targeting call.

targeting 1: when a player has no ill intentions and strikes the head or neck area without trying to cause bodily harm or be malicious - 15 yard penalty

targeting 2: striking head or neck area with ill intentions or maliciously - 15 yard penalty and ejection for said player.

The current targeting rules are punishing players playing hard by ejecting them from the game, (see Clemson's linebacker in the biggest game of his life on Monday, getting ejected in the first half on a play where he was not trying to injure anyone, rather just playing football.)
 

wcbsas

All Big 10
15 Year Member
Two different levels to the targeting call.

targeting 1: when a player has no ill intentions and strikes the head or neck area without trying to cause bodily harm or be malicious - 15 yard penalty

targeting 2: striking head or neck area with ill intentions or maliciously - 15 yard penalty and ejection for said player.

The current targeting rules are punishing players playing hard by ejecting them from the game, (see Clemson's linebacker in the biggest game of his life on Monday, getting ejected in the first half on a play where he was not trying to injure anyone, rather just playing football.)
How do you determine intent?
 

AquaGuy

Recruit
5 Year Member
I don't know if it could or should be changed; but, I hate some applications of the defenseless player rule. If you spear someone or try to take their head off, you definitely deserve to be ejected. However, in the championship game, the lineman blocks the defender back away from the play and gets a 15 yard penalty. The block was clean, it just happened to be opposite the direction of the flow of the play.
 
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Oklahusker

King of Cold Takes
2 Year Member
How do you determine intent?
I suppose I don't really know the best way to attack this. Most likely it would be a judgement call by the on-field referees and review team, similar to how it's called now. Just think there's gotta be some way to keep players safe without punishing players for playing hard.
 

Captkenny

Junior Varsity
10 Year Member
Two different levels to the targeting call.

targeting 1: when a player has no ill intentions and strikes the head or neck area without trying to cause bodily harm or be malicious - 15 yard penalty

targeting 2: striking head or neck area with ill intentions or maliciously - 15 yard penalty and ejection for said player.

The current targeting rules are punishing players playing hard by ejecting them from the game, (see Clemson's linebacker in the biggest game of his life on Monday, getting ejected in the first half on a play where he was not trying to injure anyone, rather just playing football.)
I think the Clemson player's penalty would have been upheld as targeting 2. Clearly lowers his head as he is about to make contact. :Dighole:
 

Oklahusker

King of Cold Takes
2 Year Member
I think the Clemson player's penalty would have been upheld as targeting 2. Clearly lowers his head as he is about to make contact. :Dighole:
Maybe that wasn't the best example, but still it holds true. There are plays where a player deliberately lowers their head or makes a cheap shot after the play is over, and there are guys just playing physical football. There needs to be a rule that differentiates between the two.
 

Lurker44

Red Shirt
Targeting is no longer punished but valued. A point system is awarded for the severity of the hit with 1 point being awarded for incidental helmet to helmet and a max 3 points for a launching, blatant crown to crown collision.
 

Captkenny

Junior Varsity
10 Year Member
Maybe that wasn't the best example, but still it holds true. There are plays where a player deliberately lowers their head or makes a cheap shot after the play is over, and there are guys just playing physical football. There needs to be a rule that differentiates between the two.
Concur.
 
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