The SEC’s new system for replay has the conference on pace for a record number of reviews this season.
The conference has a new collaborative replay center in Birmingham, Ala., this year, and it’s getting plenty of work. According to the Montgomery Advertiser’s Duane Rankin, SEC games have had 69 play stoppages to review plays, and 30 calls overturned.
At that rate, the 2016 regular season would see 299 play stoppages and 130 overturned calls. That would far outpace the previous record of 203 reviews and 76 overturned calls, a mark set last season.
“We got to work to make our officials on the field get it right,” SEC coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said. “That will create less stops, but as the rules continue to evolve and allow more things to be reviewed and the looks that we get become better and better and the video technology, that’s what”s driving the increased number of stops.”
The increase in overturned calls would indicate that while play is stopping a lot, officials are getting the calls correct in the end. Week 3 saw a season-high 28 reviews, six of which came in the Alabama-Ole Miss game. Fifteen of those plays were overturned.
While play has been stopped more, the stoppages have been shorter, relatively speaking. The average review in Week 3 took one minute and 17 seconds, faster than the previous two weeks and faster than the average of any full season since 2005.
“Yeah it slows the game down, yeah there’s a lot of reviews, but I think the No. 1 priority is everybody wants to get it right,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “The games are a lot better that we have replays that we get it right.”