Jim Donnan actually wrote up a nice piece on the negative effects the horrid, putrid spawns of Satan officially named 3-2-5 and 3-2-5e, and affectionately named “Those Stupid F’in New Clock Rules” have had on the game of College Football.
“When you deprive a team of seven offensive plays per game, you not only decrease the number of opportunities to score, you decrease the amount of time an opponent must spend on defense as well. This can make for closer games, often with surprising results. The rules changes also significantly affected the ability of teams to utilize end-of-game clock management and minimized their chances to stage a comeback. And while shortened games provided fewer offensive opportunities, hastening the time between plays proved to be a disadvantage for defenses, which had less time to react to the opposing offense’s personnel packages.
The clock changes also affected the building of a team’s depth. Seven fewer plays each game might not sound like a lot, but over the course of the season, teams lost an average of 84 plays. That’s 84 plays a second-teamer didn’t get to experience. By affecting a team’s ability to develop its future stars and starters, the rules changes not only impacted records for this season, but future seasons as well.”
As a result, we at HLS have decided to start a new category for when oafs stumble upon success: Blind Squirrels/Big Nuts
Way to go, Jim!
Also, as a friendly public service reminder, hop on over to WeHateTheNewClockRules.com and sign their petition if you haven’t already.