Game Length

Trice

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We’ve gone this far and we have yet to say minimize stoppage due to reviews, shorten time allowed for reviews.

Yep, there's a lot they could do with replay that would shave time off each game.
 

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I'm very sad as a long time lover of college football that I am more and more gravitating towards favoring NFL. Game time tonight was not much over three hours and that was with probably a 10+ minute break for the Tua injury. NFL is so much more dialed in on what fans want than the NCAA but it'll never change
 

theshadow

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Just out of curiosity, I tracked Vikings/Bears today.

2:30 media timeout after every possession, with two exceptions -- late in the 2nd qtr (one play after the 2-minute earning), and late in the 4th (on the last turnover).

With quarter breaks, that's 18 timeouts of 2:30 each for a total of 45 minutes, plus a 13-minute halftime (for a total of 58 minutes). They also did two split-screen :30 breaks on team timeouts.

Big 12 games have 16 breaks that total somewhere around 50 minutes, plus a 20-minute halftime (for a total of 70 minutes).

That 12-minute difference just in media breaks and halftime makes up most of the difference between college and NFL game length.
 

dafarmer

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Media time outs were ridiculous last night, cut them back to at least 2 minutes. Or as daughter suggested have them have a commercial box while the game is on. Lost track of how many media time outs were in the second half.
 

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The exact same number that there are every game.

And the game was still over in less than 3 hours (2:58).
The ref last night was winding the play clock several times with around 10 seconds still on the timeout clock.
 

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The lack of scoring helped keep the game moving. But yes, it was annoying looking down on the field and always seeing 2:55 on the media TO clock.
 

VeloClone

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The ref last night was winding the play clock several times with around 10 seconds still on the timeout clock.
I don't remember which game it was but the ref was not only not waiting for the chains to move before starting the game clock after a first down, he wasn't even waiting for the ball to be placed - starting the game clock anywhere from 1 to 5 seconds before the ball was set and the ref was out of the way.
 

Remo Gaggi

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The lack of scoring helped keep the game moving. But yes, it was annoying looking down on the field and always seeing 2:55 on the media TO clock.
That’s what pays for the increased TV contracts. I’ll bet the Big whatever will have even longer delays to annoy the drunks in Iowa city.
 

theshadow

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I don't remember which game it was but the ref was not only not waiting for the chains to move before starting the game clock after a first down, he wasn't even waiting for the ball to be placed - starting the game clock anywhere from 1 to 5 seconds before the ball was set and the ref was out of the way.

I've noticed that becoming more common in the Big 12, but more so on OB plays than first downs.

With some crews, the clock barely stops.