NCAA tweaks targeting and overtime rules in college football

The NCAA announced two changes Tuesday to the targeting rule in college football, as well as an adjustment to the format of overtime.

Beginning with the 2019 season, targeting calls subject to video review must either be confirmed or overturned by the replay official. Rulings can no longer “stand” as called. If any element of targeting cannot be confirmed, then the replay official will overturn the call.

Also, any player who commits three targeting fouls in the same season will be subject to a one-game suspension.

As for overtime, if a game reaches a fifth overtime, teams will run alternating two-point plays from the 2-yard line instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. The change was made to limit the number of overtime plays and help bring games to a conclusion.

There will also be a two-minute rest period after the second and fourth overtimes.

Additionally, the NCAA announced a personal foul resulting in a 15-yard penalty will be called for any “blind-side block” with “forcible contact.” Two-man wedge formations have also been eliminated from kickoffs.

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