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Saban Favors NFL Overtime System

Nick Saban has coached in the college ranks and in the NFL.  He’s experienced both overtime systems… most recently losing 9-6 to LSU in the first session of college football’s overtime last Saturday.

Given his choice, Alabama’s head coach prefers the NFL’s system:


“The rules of the game have been good for the other four quarters of the game… I’ve always said this, so I don’t want anybody to think it’s sour grapes about overtime. 

I think we should just continue playing the game.  Flip the coin.  Somebody kicks off.  Somebody receives, and you just keep playing the game until somebody scores.  So you’d have to be able to move the ball and be the better team to get it into field position or get a turnover.”


When it was pointed out to Saban that the team losing the coin toss might never get the ball, the coach said: “But if you kick off to them and they get it to the 30 and you can’t stop them until they get in field-goal range, you ought to lose.”

We agree.  The college system — which is a derivative of high school overtime — is akin to ending a basketball game by playing H-O-R-S-E.  If a 10-10 game can end 76-75, then the system is flawed.

The simplest solution would be a hybrid of the two systems.  Use the NFL system, but make sure both teams touch the ball.  If Team A scores on the opening possession of overtime, Team B would get the ball.  If Team B scores, the game goes on… if Team B doesn’t score, Team A wins.

That plan would also be considerably shorter than some of the multi-overtime games we currently see in the college game.

 


10 comments
Ryse up
Ryse up

College Football Sucks. I've never watched a "Minor Leauge" game in my life. Could care less how overtime works. Why aren't these players being paid? If they played Baseball or Hockey they would sign at 18, and be getting paid for their services. Instead they are SLAVES to the system.

xmego
xmego

The "gimmicky high school system is, to me, the most exciting part of a college football game and is fairer than sudden death.. Not sure it is always completely fair though. Your hybrid system would probably be better.

nilbog
nilbog

Personally I think that the NFL overtime should end when a team gets 4 points. No more lone field goal to win. Why four points? If you can get two safeties on a team, you deserve to freaking win!

Fayettechill14
Fayettechill14

I would support either moving the starting position to the 35-yard line instead of the 25...no sense in starting out in FG range.

If we're going with the NFL system, do away with sudden death and play one quarter. Right now the team that gets the ball first wins 70% of the time...

MrMM
MrMM

I like the rule that is set up with a couple of changes. If the first team kicks a fg then the second team should have to go for a td. If the first team scores a td they must kick the extra point and then if the second team scores a td then they must go for 2 unless the first team misses their extra point which in that case could kick the extra point. If both miss the extra point then do it again starting with the 2nd team the next time. The other thing i would do is change it from starting on the 25 to the 40 yardline.

Jim
Jim

Under the proposed system, Alabama & LSU might still be playing.

Cliff Stevens
Cliff Stevens

i love how the sports media is bending over backwards to find a way to make Alabama's loss more acceptable. Alabama is still the "better team", overtime "isn't very fair, would rather have an NFL system", "special teams shouldn't decide a game of that magnitude", etc. etc. etc.

You never heard that kind of excuse making from the national meeting when Florida lost to Bama in the '09 SEC championship.

You got beat Crimson Tide. At home. At night. Your not the best team, and thats why you'll be sitting at home watching LSU play for the championship.

TMc
TMc

Sudden death seems to rely too much on luck. If two college teams are so evenly matched that, after 3OT, they are still tied, we should just call it a tie. The games would end, and most games would have a clear winner in 3OT.

mith242
mith242

Yeah I won't argue that the college system could use some changes but I don't care for the NFL's way of doing it either. I'm like you, either push them back a bit or add some time and play another shortened quarter or something.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Cliff Stevens...

Who is finding an excuse? Take off your LSU sunglasses. I wrote here yesterday that LSU won the game and that's the end of the argument.

Nick Saban simply answered a question about overtime on his radio show. It gave us an opportunity to write what we've written many times before... that the college game needs to tweak the NFL system and move away from the gimmicky high school system.

I wish people could just read what's written and not bring their own biases and preconceived notions into it. This had nothing to do with excuses. Nothing. Or "special teams deciding a game of this magnitude" for that matter.

It's what we've said for three years now.

John

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