NCAA announces changes to targeting, overtime rules in college football
The NCAA has officially announced some tweaks to a few college football rules that should help the game moving forward.
The biggest change on the books is an amendment to the targeting rules. No longer will targeting calls that are made on the field simply “stand” after review. While all targeting calls were already reviewed, the new rule states each targeting call must be either “confirmed” or “overturned” upon review. If any part of the targeting call cannot be confirmed, the call on the field is supposed to be overturned.
Another change to the targeting rule has been announced as any player that racks up three targeting calls in a season is subject to be suspended for one game. Blindside blocks have also been made illegal. All blindside blocks are now personal foul, 15-yard penalties. The NCAA has also banned two-man wedges on all kickoffs.
Finally, the NCAA has also announced a slight change to overtime rules.
The NCAA is calling for overtimes to remain the same as long as those games do not exceed four overtimes. If a game reaches a fifth overtime period, the NCAA is making teams alternate two-point attempts. The ball will no longer start at the 25-yard line in such scenarios. The NCAA is also calling for two-minute rest periods after the second and fourth overtime periods.