NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves changes to college football overtime
More changes are coming to college football’s overtime rules.
On Thursday, the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announced that it has made some tweaks to the overtime rules that will take effect during the 2021 season. The changes come in an effort to protect the health and safety of student-athletes.
Per the new rules, teams will be required to run a 2-point conversion play after a touchdown when a game is in the second overtime period. It had previously been required during the third overtime period. In the first overtime, teams can still kick an extra point.
Another change will be if a game reaches a third overtime, teams will run alternating 2-point plays from the 3-yard line to determine a winner. Previously, teams would still trade possessions and start from the 25-yard line in the third overtime.
Before the change, teams were required to run alternating 2-point tries after the fifth overtime period.
You can view the full release from the NCAA here.