New NCAA football rule changes include targeting, overtime and blind-side blocks

LSU’s Devin White was flagged Saturday for targeting on this play. He’ll miss the first half against top-ranked Alabama but coach Ed Orgeron says the Tigers can’t worry about that anymore. Stephen Lew CSM via ZUMA press

New NCAA football rule changes include targeting, overtime and blind-side blocks

Everybody love that LSU-Texas A&M seven overtime instant classic?

On Tuesday, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a change to the overtime protocol. Also, players who commit three targeting fouls in the same season are subject to a one-game suspension. They wanted to split the targeting penalty into two categories.

The panel also approved instituting a progressive penalty for targeting. Under the current rules, college athletes were held to a higher standard on making defensive hits than the current National Football League players do as the professional athletes could not be ejected for targeting. The coaches proposed that Targeting 1 fouls would result in a 15-yard penalty but no ejection or suspension.

The goal of the targeting penalty is to change the way players tackle/hit one another for safety reasons.

Targeting fouls can no longer just let the call on the field "stand" during a targeting review - it must either be confirmed or overturned.

Do you believe college football made the right decision in changing these rules for the 2019 season? 8 LSU in a game that tied the NCAA record for most overtimes in an FBS game at seven.

Players penalized for targeting under the old rule were disqualified for the rest of the game if the foul occurred in the first half and the remainder of the game and the first half of the next game if it occurred in the second half. Should a game reach a fifth overtime, the plays will change so that both teams will run alternating two-point plays instead of starting at the opposing team's 25-yard line. The targeting rule has drawn the ire of college football fans everywhere, but the recent proposition suggested a tweak the rule.

The second notable rule change involves the overtime period. If the block also includes elements of targeting, it will be a blind-side block with targeting. Two-man wedge formations have also been eliminated from kickoffs.

Other changes ahead of the 2019 season include a 15-yard penalty for forcible contact on blindside blocks, which sounds an bad lot like the elimination of most, if not all, blindside blocks.

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