The 1st Down Rule After Four Weeks
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The 1st Down Rule After Four Weeks
by Dennis Dodds, CBS Sports
“What seemed like a controversial idea was finalized in the offseason – let the clock run on first-down plays that ended in-bounds. Same as the NFL, except for the final two minutes of each half.
Tradition dies hard in college football. The clock had stopped on first down in the sport since 1968. Some coaches immediately howled that the number of plays would decrease.
They were largely wrong. Through four games – one-third of the regular season – there is now a representative sample from which to draw conclusions. With the new timing rule for first downs, the game remains largely unchanged. Compared to the numbers after four weeks in 2022, there are an average of 5.34 less plays per game.”
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