The New Clock Rule = Balls
Before the season there was much "meh"-ing and "wuzzuh"-ing about new NCAA football Rule 3-2-5e, designed to shorten the length of games. After one weekend of college football action, a crack group of football-loving nerds have determined that, yes, the games were shorter (run-happy Minnesota's opening tilt vs. Kent State apparently clocked in at an astonishing 2 hours and 36 minutes(!!!)), but a harrowing number of plays were lost. Some have estimated that up to three to four DRIVES per game have been eliminated because of this new rule. Cold, hard factoids have been accumulated and commented upon by SMQ here. Meanwhile, EDSBS has gone all "You all think I'm licked? Well I'm not licked!" on us, trotting out names, addresses, and phone numbers in a probably-fruitless attempt to bitch the rule out of existence. And, since these are the hinterwebs, and no online furor would be complete without a petition-ish thingy to sign, one has been made available. Make haste!
And lastly, here's a look at what this might mean for the Buckeyes this season.