College Football Is Ruined

Nothing to see here. College football is ruined. - Rutgers University
  • November 6th, 1869 - Rutgers defeats Princeton 6-4 in the first ever game of intercollegiate football. College football is ruined.
  • 1876 - A crossbar is added to goal posts and the width and length of the field were reduced to close to what is still used today. College football is ruined.
  • 1880 - Yale player Walter Camp changes college football's rules limiting the number of players on each team able to be on the field at once to 11 and also creating a defacto line of scrimmage to determine where the ball should be set in play. College football is ruined.
  • 1882 - A primitive version of the first-down is adopted requiring yard lines to be marked. College football is ruined.
  • 1896 - Lafayette halfback George "Rose" Barclay uses straps and earpieces to protect his ears during a game constituting the first recorded case of a helmet being worn in a game. College football is ruined.
  • September 5th, 1906 - St Louis's Bradbury Robinson threw the ball to teammate Jack Schneider marking the first instance of a forward pass in a college football game. College football is ruined.
  • 1912 - The touchdown is given its modern scoring value of 6 points. College football is ruined.
  • 1958 - Teams are given the option of going for 2 points from the (then) 3-yard line in lieu of kicking a one point conversion. College football is ruined.
  • 1995 - The tie is eliminated and the current overtime rules (heralded by many as one of the most exciting mini-games in all of sports) are adopted. Toledo defeats Nevada, 40-37, in the first such overtime contest. College football is ruined.
  • 2012 - College football introduces a new four-team playoff format to go into effect following the 2014 season to replace the previous system in which voters and computers determined which two teams would play in the sport's national championship game. College football is ruined.
Never forget: it's not the football that makes college football great, it's the rules and regulations that govern the football. Rest in peace, college football.
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