The NCAA football rules committee has instituted a number of rules to decrease the number of collisions on kickoffs, and way be on the verge of another one, Nicole Auerbach reports.
The NCAA football rules committee has proposed a significant change the kickoff play any successful fair catch between the 25-yard line and the receiving teams own goal line will be considered a touchback.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 2, 2018
This comes in response to an increase in sky kicks that try to pin teams close to their end zone, which came in response to touchbacks (which were put in to decrease the amount of collisions) https://t.co/GCeRdTuX7w— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 2, 2018
Ill be writing on this proposal shortly, but it seems like the rules committee knows how much coaches value kickoffs and the opportunity for an onside kick/momentum change, so this is a way to decrease collisions without eliminating kickoffs.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 2, 2018
This would drastically alter Ohio State's kickoff strategy as the Buckeyes currently employ a compress/contain kickoff tactic where they attempt to place a high kickoff between the five yard-line and the goal line between the numbers and the sideline. This would render that tactic useless.