College football is one of the most popular sports in the country, and like every other sport there is, it has its flaws. Millions of people make money on NCAA football betting lines, and big schools make millions in revenue from the games and merchandise, while the players, who are the ones that bring the fans to the stadiums, are barely compensated for their blood and sweat.
Despite the unfair financial hierarchy of the sport, it is still very enjoyable, which is why it is frustrating to fans that some of the rules of the sport haven’t been revised or changed over the years.
One of the most annoying rules in college football is the pass interference call, which is something that can change the outcome of a game because it is open to interpretation. The referees already have a lot on their plates, as they try to call a fair game, but sometimes they get the call wrong and call pass interference on a play that involved inadvertent contact, which isn’t fair to the defender that wasn’t trying to initiate contact with the receiver.
Instead of calling a pass interference on inadvertent contact or an overthrown pass, the NCAA should change the rules and allow referees to call defensive holding instead of punishing accidental contact by defenders and rewarding bad throws by quarterbacks.
The targeting rule is another frustrating one to watch this season because it appears even the referees don’t understand the rule. The rule was put in place to protect players, which is admirable, but the execution has been lacking. Referees have made the wrong call on several targeting penalties this season, and have given the defensive players the benefit of doubt even though they were clearly in the wrong.
Since the rule doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect and players are still getting hurt in spite of it, it doesn’t make any sense to continue with a rule that is obviously not working.
The biggest rule that seems to upset a lot of college football fans is the touchback rule after an offense fumbles the ball out of their opponent’s end zone.
This was the scene at the Texas A&M vs Tennessee game that took place last weekend. During the game, Tennessee’s Malik Foreman made a great play when he knocked the ball out of A&M’s Trayveon Williams’ hand after Williams broke off a 71 yard run and was about to score a touchdown.
After forcing the fumble, Tennessee was awarded the ball at their 25 yard line because it was ruled a touchback.
What most fans would like to see is for the NCAA rules committee to review these types of plays and change the ruling from a touchback, allowing the team that fumbled the ball to keep it with some distance added to the spot of the ball.
The reasoning behind this is that whenever a team fumbles the ball out of bounds when they aren’t in the end zone and neither they nor their opponents recover the ball before it goes out of bounds, the ball is awarded to the team that fumbled the ball because it wasn’t recovered by either team.
If that is the way the rule is applied regularly, it should also be applied to fumbles in the end zone.