Thursday, May 26, 2005

Is Instant Replay Necessary in College Football?

In my opinion the NCAA should do everything in it's power to make sure that all games are played fairly, but at what point does this search for fairness disrupt the flow of the game? Last season the Big 10 conference introduced instant replay in it’s conference games. Now the Big 12 is set to join the SEC, Pac-10, Big East, Mountain West and ACC in bringing in instant replay in 2005. This is all based on the success of the Big 10 last season.

Are these conferences moving closer to being like the NFL or are they just trying to get it right on the football field? In the Big 10 replay was used in 28 of the 57 games last season. Of the 43 calls questioned, 21 were overturned. The main concern with replay has been making the games longer. Last season in the Big Ten, games in which replay was used lasted on average three minutes longer, with each replay challenge lasting an average of two minutes and thirty nine seconds.

Under the Big Ten system, all reviews and reversals came from the booth. Calls could be overturned only if there was "indisputable video evidence," and reviewable plays were more or less limited to those involving scoring, fumbles and possession on receptions.

The Big 12 would use that system, but wants to add the on-field monitor so the referee will be able to see the play and discuss it with the official in the booth, even though the referee won't have final say on the call.

So, what do you think? Was college football OK without the aid of replay, or has it become a necessary evil? Make sure to leave your opinions below.