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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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Learning From College


We've all been there... Sat through a three hour masterpiece of an NFL game that is the culmination of at least a week of game-planning, steady execution by players and coaches, big, game-changing plays, only to have the outcome decided by a simple lucky coin flip and an undramatic 30 yard chip shot field goal.

Overtime is one of the areas in which I believe the NCAA has surged past the NFL in being more fan-friendly and fairer to the teams.

For those that don't follow the collegiate game, overtime is fairly simple. Each offense gets an opportunity to score by getting the ball at the 25 yard line and a first down. The offense can either score a touchdown, get a first down to continue the drive, attempt a field goal, or turn the ball over. Then, the opposing team gets the same opportunity. If still tied after three overtimes, offenses must elect to go for 2 point conversions.

The NCAA overtime format has led to some classic battles, including a pair of seven-overtime victories from the University of Arkansas.

With Jerry Jones' alma mater emerging victorious through this format, adopting the NCAA format could have at least one high profile owner in favor of the move.

Fans would certainly enjoy the move, as well. Not only would this make overtime a fairer, more entertaining prospect, imagine what it could do to fantasy football production!

By Rob Rang  |  March 20, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  | Category:  Coaching , College Football , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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