Today’s thought is not the double standard on how QB’s are treated different than other positions, or how snapper have different rights than other blockers. Today’s topic is the double standard I feel fans of football apply to College verses NFL football. Over the the years the NFL tried to decrease the time of play by starting the clock after out of bounds and not stopping the clock on sacks, but eventually they gave up and even moved the 2nd game of the day to 3:25pm CT. The reasons this increase occurred are obvious: higher passing attempts lead to more completion, longer commercials, more corporate money (if they are going to give you an extra $50 million, why not extend the commercial 30 seconds longer?)
I started thinking about this the other day while catching two college football games…. The Texas/OSU and the Wisconsin/Michigan games. The Texas/OSU game took 3 hours and 40 minutes while Wisconsin/Michigan took 3 hours and 10 minutes. I understand that Texas/OSU had a large amount of points, but Wis/Mich finished 14-7 but still took over 3 hours????? This seems to be a current trend in college football in the last 10 years that even the low scoring games take longer than the NFL games, but goes with out the uproar NFL and MLB games get.
So as I continued to think, why? Why is there no uproar over this double standard? Maybe it because the games are on Saturday? More pride at stake to care about time? More scoring? Maybe because the NFL starts 1 hour later (in general) to the college game? I don’t think there is any solid answer out there