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What's happened to defense in college football?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Captain_Kirk, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Three times in the past two weeks, we've seen a team score fifty points---and lose. Two by double digits.

    Used to be you score 30 and pretty much chalked up a W. Now, you score 30 and have a good chance of being beat by two touchdowns or more.

    Just wondering what the board denizens and experts think are the reasons defensive football appears to be a lost art at the college level and why scoreboards at college football games resemble a pinball machine now. And is it good for the game?
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Just like in the NFL, all the rules changes that have been made recently benefit the offense.

    Scholarship limitations play a part as well. Most teams put their best athletes on offense.

    And then there's the spread offense. Defenses just haven't caught up yet. I hope they will, but I don't know.

    Also, the no-huddle offense. More plays = more points, especially with the clock-stoppage rules in college football.
  3. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Teams that put their best athletes on defense, like Bama and other SEC schools I presume, tend to end up dominating in the end, though. Defense still wins championships. And as much as I hate the SEC and its whacko fans, there's no denying who I'd take in a bet between Alabama/LSU and Oregon or whoever is rolling for the Big 12.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I think the spread and no-huddle mostly. Now if one guy gets "worn down" there isn't another guy nearby to make a play like you would see in a traditional pro-style that runs off-tackle. Like Oregon, when things start rolling downhill, they roll quite fast.
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I don't mind 68-55 or 52-51 or whatever outrage score keeps popping up lately.

    In those games it's usually the one really good defensive stop that makes a difference.

    As long as we don't have any more 9-6 Bama-LSU games. Those are boring, and I love a good defensive scrum.
  6. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    College needs to adopt the NFL rule that no OL can be downfield on ANY forward pass play, even ones where the ball is caught behind the LOS. In college the OL are 10 yards down the field, blocking defenders while the ball is in the air. Needs to apply on those quick passes to the outside, where one receiver is blocking a defender as the other catches the ball.

    And, it should be like hockey on line changes in that if a defender is running off the field and clearly not participating in the play, he's not counted as a 12th man. These 12 men on the field penalties when a guy is two feet from the sideline, running full speed to get off, are ridiculous.
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I'd also like to see them get rid of the clock stopping on first downs. With no huddle offenses, it's no longer needed.
  8. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Along that vein, I'd just like to see college adopt the entire NFL rulebook. Receivers are skilled enough to get two feet down. The clock doesn't need to stop on first downs. A pass interference occuring 50 yards down field only yielding 15 penalty yards is ridiculous. And the NFL's overtime now with the recent changes is the most fair system.
  9. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    While you're at, please get rid of the fair catches and touchbacks.
  10. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    If I wanted to watch a game with NFL rules, I can tune in any Sunday. Everyone always wants to fix what isn't broken.
  11. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I honestly don't care about the point totals. I do care about 4-hour night games, though, and not just for deadline reasons.
  12. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    One cure for that is to stop the review booth from butting in every third play.
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