When Texas A&M and Tennessee met in College Station on Saturday, the game seemed to last forever. It started in the afternoon and it was almost dusk when it ended over four hours later.
The amount of injuries as well as a high-scoring affair contributed to the length of the game which was called by the normal SEC on CBS crew of Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist.
Danielson appeared via phone call on the Paul Finebaum Show Wednesday afternoon and had this to say about the length of games
“College football is the only sport where the professionals actually play a shorter game than colleges do. Every other sport they play less games or have less time on the clock. Basketball, hockey, everything else is more. There has got to be some changes to it. I’m sure there will be. It doesn’t mean you can’t go fast if you want to go fast. They just need to shorten the game a little bit. In fact, I think it will be a better game that will lead to more closer games. The NFL does it pretty well and they make pretty good money and they do it with about 15 percent less plays.”
Many took to Twitter Saturday complaining about the game length, but the circumstances surrounding the length were also rare. The game probably seemed even longer to Danielson, who had to fill the long air time. Though his comments probably won’t spur immediate change, more longer games might push the conversation into the NCAA rules committee during the offseason.