05 August 2008
So how will this impact the game?
Rule 3-2-4 (FR-67)b. 40-Second Clock. 1. When an official signals that the ball is dead, the play clock shall begin a 40-second count. 2. If the 40-second count is interrupted for reasons beyond the control of the officials or the play-clock operator (e.g., clock malfunction), the referee shall stop the game clock and signal (both palms open in an over-the-head pumping motion) that the play clock should be re-set at 40 seconds and started immediately. 3. In the event that the 40-second clock is running and the ball is not ready to be snapped after 20 seconds into the count, the referee shall declare a timeout and signal that the play clock be set at 25 seconds. When play is to be resumed, the referee will give the ready-for-play signal [S1] and the play clock shall begin the 25-second count. The game clock will start on the snap unless it had been running when the referee declared a timeout; in that case it will start on the referee’s signal. c. 25-Second Clock. If the officials signal the game clock to be stopped for any of the following reasons, the referee shall signal (one open palm in an over-the-head pumping motion) that the clock should be set at 25 seconds: 1. Penalty administration. 2. Charged team timeout. 3. Media timeout. 4. Injury timeout. 5. Measurement. 6. Change of possession. 7. Following a kick down. 8. Score. 9. Start of each period. 10. Start of a team’s series in extra period. 11. Instant replay review. 12. Other administrative stoppage. When play is to be resumed, the referee will give the ready-for-play signal [S1] and the play clock will begin the 25-second count. d. If a visual 40/25-second timing device becomes inoperative, both coaches shall be notified by the referee immediately and both clocks shall be turned off.
- The offense will be able to dictate the tempo much easier. In the grand scheme of things it probably won't change the average length of a college football game, but it will change how quickly the ball is snapped.
- Defenses will have less time to react to offensive formation changes. This will affect the way that some defenses set up in their "base" set.
- Alabama, for example might spend more time in the nickel formation, using a player like Mark Barron, who is a "big safety" in place of a linebacker. This could also benefit Brandon Fanney as Bama's JACK Linebacker, given that at 270 lbs he could also more easily function as a Defensive End if the formation changes for the offense.
- No huddle teams will benefit the most, as this will give the QB that much more time to study the defense in pre-snap situations.
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