As it does every year, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves adjustments to college football's rules in an attempt to improve the game. Once a game reaches the fifth overtime period, teams will run alternating 2-point plays instead of starting a new drive at the 25-yard line. The rules for the first four overtimes remain unchanged. The overtime changes are essentially football's version of a penalty shootout in soccer or hockey. This rules change was made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and to bring the game to a conclusion. Teams will also get a two-minute break after the second and fourth overtime periods. A&M won the game 74-72 in one of the longest games in FBS history. The NCAA on Tuesday tightened rules about targeting penalties.
Starting with the upcoming season, penalties for targeting will either be confirmed or overturned. There will not be an option for letting the call on the field "stand" during a targeting review - it must either be confirmed or overturned.
Four LSU players were ejected for targeting in 2018: Phillips, Devin White, Grant Delpit and John Battle. If any element of targeting can not be confirmed, the replay official will overturn the targeting foul. The update to the rule removes the middle ground.
Replay officials must now confirm every aspect of targeting for a call to stand. Players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season will receive a one-game suspension.
"The objective of the rule is not debated: It's how do you enforce the rules, how do you discipline for violations of the rules, how do you have consistency in identifying and enforcing the rules, those are the things we're struggling with and, we think, making some progress", Arizona State Athletic Director Ray Anderson, who chairs the NCAA's football overnight committee, said on a podcast released with the rule changes.
If there are elements of targeting in the blind-side block, the targeting penalty will be added in, as well. A blindside block with forcible contact would result in a 15-yard personal foul. The targeting rule has drawn the ire of college football fans everywhere, but the recent proposition suggested a tweak the rule.
The NCAA also approved the elimination of the two-man wedge formation on all kickoffs.