Preview 2008 -
Part Three - How Should College
Football Be Like the NFL?
CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot
topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the
college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about
from CFN in the
discussion are ...
- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
- College Football Columnist
- Bruce Feldman,
College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The
Sporting News -
College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College
Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, SI.com -
College Football Columnist
1 What aspect of
college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a
two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should
college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8
Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami,
Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11
How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When
Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews
You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games
- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman
2007 Roundtable Discussion
- Part One
The BCS, tweaks, and
college football's biggest problem
- Part Two
off-field changes, steroids and cheating
- Part Three
Overrated, underrated, 10 years from now, & what fans don't understand
3. How should college
football be more like the NFL, and vice versa?
College football has gotten as close to the NFL as it needs to be
with the addition of the 40/25 clock. Let College Football stand on it’s
own now. Most of the moves that they previously made to emulate the NFL
(no more kicking tees for field goals, bringing the hash marks closer to
the middle of the field, etc.) have been good ones. Now just leave it
alone, except for one thing…ONE PLAYER, ONE NUMBER. This duplicate
number thing (I suspect for recruiting purposes) needs to end.
College football should never, ever be more like the NFL. The NFL
is boring, sterile, artificial, unimaginative and basically the
antithesis of everything that makes college football special.
Dennis Dodd: The college game should be in no way, shape or form
MORE like the NFL. Television and the rules committee has in recent
years sucked the life out of the college game with these silly timing
the nightmare of 2006 was corrected in 2007. How do we lose 16 plays per
game without someone on the rules committee or oversight panel raising a
hand? I remember Urban Meyer PREDICTING that the game would be unfairly
shortened before the season. All the sudden we're playing Arena Football
with the friggin' clock running.
wary of the new 40-second rule and the out-of-bounds timekeeping. Tony
Franklin at Auburn may be a voice in the wilderness but he is the only
coach I've heard say we might lose 10-15 plays because of this. Yeah,
and Urban Meyer didn't know what he was talking about either.
College football should allow coaches to videotape their opponents'
defensive signals, just like they do in "The League." Oh, wait, that's
against the rules? Bill Belichick had no idea.
NFL's only superiority is its dearth of four-hour games. I'd like to see
college football start the game clock shortly after a player goes out of
bounds, except in the final two minutes.
What should the NFL
try to steal from college football? Erin Andrews.
The less college
football takes from the NFL the better. I’d allow untouched
ballcarriers to get back up and run, force receivers to land both feet
in bounds, and basically leave it at that. What’s great about college
football is that it’s not the NFL, and still clings to an element of
charm that hasn’t existed on Sundays for years. Although it’ll never
happen, the NFL ought to consider tightening up its celebration rules,
like the college game. I know, No Fun League. Label me anything you
want, but I’ll never appreciate Hammer impressions following a special
teams tackle. Spontaneous celebrations? Terrific. A Bob Fosse
production on grass? Intolerable.
Fiu: I’ve never understood the point of a receiver needing two
feet to be in bounds on a catch. The college game has this right needing
just to get the one foot in, but my biggest problem with the NFL is the
challenge rule. The college version is far superior, the NFL knows this,
but its high-and-mighty rules committee won’t admit it’s wrong. On the
flip side, the college game has to do something to shorten the halftime.
The band can still come out and play its rendition of Superfreak
in less than 12 minutes, and it should be able to come out and play
before and after the game. I also wish both college and pro would get
rid of the uncatchable ball rule.
Bruce Feldman: I love the NFL playoffs format and the college
doesn't have that. On the opposite side, college football has no such
things as games that don't count in some preseason. I know GMs and NFL
execs would argue it helps them decide who should be on their roster and
make sound business decisions, but make your cuts off scrimmages and