NCAA panel approves tweaks to targeting rule, overtime format in college football

April 24, 2019 GMT

If you love college football games with seven overtimes — remember the seven-OT classic between LSU and Texas A&M last fall? — well, you’re going to be disappointed.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a tweak to college football’s overtime rules, as well as changes to targeting.

Going forward, if games reach a fifth overtime, teams will run alternating two-point plays instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line.

Meanwhile, the NCAA is hoping to create more clarity with its targeting rules.

Instant replay officials will be directed to examine all aspects of the play and confirm the targeting foul when the elements of targeting are present, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Instead of letting a call “stand,” officials must either confirm or overturn the targeting call.

The NCAA is hoping the tweak to the rule allows for the elimination of gray areas of the call.

The panel also approved a one-game suspension for any player who commits three targeting fouls in the same season.

Up until now, the penalty was half a game (If the targeting foul occurred in the second half, then the player had to sit out the first half of the next game).