There’s been a lot of talk about kickoffs in college football since Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby commented on the danger associated with them. The Ivy League also moved its kickoffs to the 40-yard-line for the 2016 season.
When asked about the potential for the play to be taken out of college football at ACC Media Days, N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren pointed out how different last season would’ve been without kickoffs. The biggest difference is Alabama might not have won the national championship.
“I think it’s a play, go to the national championship game last year, Alabama doesn’t win if that play is not part of college football. They returned a kickoff for a touchdown and they had an on-side kick,” Doeren said. “I just would hate to see what football would look like without it personally.”
The on-side kick was the momentum shift that propelled the Crimson Tide to a victory over Clemson.