In 2013, Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King dubbed the point-after┬áthe “biggest waste of time in sports.”

He didn’t receive much argument against his claim. In fact, the NFL made major changes to its rule book in an attempt to make the point-after try more interesting, pushing extra point attempts back to the 15-yard line for the upcoming season.

Could college football be next? There hasn’t been an overwhelming public push for change in this area.

Perhaps the more pertinent question is: should college football be next?

First, we should examine whether the extra point is as “automatic” in college football as it is in the NFL. According to’s Judy Battista, professional kickers made 1,262 out of 1,267 extra point attempts (99.6 percent) in the 2013 regular season.

Here is a look at how the SEC’s kickers have fared at point-after attempts in recent seasons:

SEC extra point conversions over the past three seasons

2012: 96.4% – 643 makes in 667 attempts
2013: 97.3% – 688 makes in 707 attempts
2014: 97.3% – 624 makes in 641 attempts

While the SEC kickers connect within a couple of percentage points of the professional rate, it is still a difference worth noting when considering the merits of a rule change.

Next, we should consider what the options could be if the college game did decide to make a change.

The first option would be to follow the NFL’s lead and move the point-after try back to the 15-yard line. With the quality of kickers spread pretty thin among the FBS schools, consistently making the equivalent of a 32-yard field goal could prove to be too challenging for just one point. Such a move may cause coaches to abandon the kick in favor of a 2-point conversion attempt in many circumstances.

Another option would be to eliminate the option of kicking an extra point altogether. Let’s be honest, the forced two-point conversions in the current overtime structure create some of the more exciting endings we see each season, and also add a wrinkle of strategy for coaches to consider during the overtime period.

Would forcing teams to go for a two-point conversion after each touchdown change the way the game was played for the better? You can certainly make the argument that change makes the game better for the consumer.

Would coaches and athletic directors buy into the idea that this change in this area of the game would be worth pursuing? Since field goal attempts would still be of a high level of importance, it is not likely to lessen the value of a kicker or lower the amount of scholarships spent on the position.

What do you think? Should college football follow the NFL’s lead and make changes to the point-after rules? Or are you happy with the ways things are now?