NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announces changes to overtime in football games

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday announced changes that will go into effect for the 2021 football season, the most significant of which will expedite the overtime process.

The so-called two-point shootout, in which teams alternate running two-point plays until a winner is determined, will now begin in the third overtime session instead of the fifth. The first two overtime periods will continue to consist of drives starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line, but now a two-point try must be attempted after a touchdown in the second overtime.

“This rules change is being made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and bring the game to a quicker conclusion,” the NCAA release stated. “Teams can still choose whether to kick the point after touchdown or run a 2-point conversion play during the first overtime period.”

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