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College Football Overtime Rules Proposed Changes Ahead of 2021 Season

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The college football overtime rules are about likely about to change.

According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, starting with the second overtime, teams will be required to go for two-point conversions. And then, from third overtimes on, teams will only have two-point shootouts, meaning no more touchdowns will be scored. The NCAA Football rules committee made these recommendations on Friday.

The college football overtime rules are much different from the NFL. There is no kickoff or clock in college football overtime. Each team receives the ball at the opposing 25-yard-line with the chance to drive down the field for a field goal or touchdown.

Currently, teams have had the option to kick an extra point or attempt a two-point conversion in the first two overtimes. The two-point try is required for every touchdown scored in the third overtime and subsequent OT periods.

 

There was one major adjustment to the college football overtime rules two years ago prior to the 2019 season. Teams were required to rotate two-point conversion tries beginning in the fifth overtime, and also eliminated possessions starting at the opposing 25-yard-line. At that point, each offense was allowed just one chance to convert the two-point try before the other team gains possession.

This new rule proposal essentially has been moved up to the third overtime.

The goal here from college football is clearly to expedite the game in overtime, which makes sense. By this point in the game, players are winded and a potential injury could be more likely.

Oh and for those of you wondering: The longest college football game remains a 2003 match up between Arkansas and Kentucky, which took seven overtimes and nearly five hours. Arkansas beat Kentucky 71–63.

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