Boise State Wins 69-67; NCAA Needs to Can Its OT System

The blue smurf turf at Boise State saw 136 total points scored and nearly 1,300 yards of total offense yesterday during a rare nationally-televised Sunday college game.

The difference was a 2-point conversion by Boise State that couldn’t be answered by visiting Nevada in the fourth OT. The final was 69-67. If the 2-point try wasn’t mandatory on the fourth OT, they might still be playing.

Exciting? Sort of. At least as exciting as … yawn … a hockey shootout.

This game is being called a classic. It is an artificial classic that was rife with articficial excitement. How exciting is it to get a touchdown when each team is given the ball virtually on the goal line? The system, known as the Kansas Plan (not exactly an honor for the state), gives teams the ball repeatedly at their opponent’s 25 yard line on equal possessions until there is a point differential. This OT system is not just flawed, it’s downright immoral. College teams and players break records and run up their stats simply because they happened to play a tie game and the refs keep giving them the ball near the goal line. These artificial stats are a blot on the college game and deserve the same fate as NCAA schools that have forfeited games or seasons. This is not real football. It’s bocce ball, a penny a pitch.

The NCAA needs a real overtime system for its biggest sport. And it’s not sudden death. I’ll deal with what’s wrong with the NFL version of OT in a future post.

In short, get rid of this insane OT system, and throw out the inflated stats … and maybe throw out the blue turf while you’re at it.

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8 Responses to “Boise State Wins 69-67; NCAA Needs to Can Its OT System”


  1. 1 toppcat0509 October 15, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    What do you suggest that they change it to? I like the college system MUCH better than the pros!!! I don’t see much of a problem with the way the college system works.

  2. 2 yorel47 October 15, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I agree with you in one regard. The college system is indeed better than the pros for one reason … the teams get even chances. Play the game in overtime just like football is always played, except give the teams even chances.

  3. 3 toppcat0509 October 16, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    So, you think both sides should have an opportunity to score (like they currently do), but that they should kick off rather than start at the 25 yd line?

  4. 5 Sportsattitude October 17, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    It is downright immoral. Great thoughts. I would have to say in lieu of just letting a tie being a tie…I would be ok if there was a coin flip, one team gets the ball and away we go for sudden death. If the other team doesn’t get the ball back or away, so be it (just like the NFL). I am not a fan with anything extending the game past one team scoring first. I remember a 7 OT game a couple of years back. My God, what a farce. And the stats counting? Disgraceful and disrespectful to the game itself.

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