The college football overtime format is pretty stupid. It’s not as bad as the sudden-death NFL overtime format, but seriously. Both teams start in field goal range? It makes scoring way too easy. The teams should have to mount an actual drive with, you know, a few first downs, to get into scoring position. Each team should start at its own 20- or 25-yard line instead of the opponent’s 25-yard line.
In the ESPN broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012, in which Oklahoma State beat Stanford in overtime, Sean McDonough expressed exactly those sentiments:
Some critics of this format don’t like the fact that you’re in field goal range, really, when it starts.
Amen to that. That’ll probably get fixed as soon as the inherent bias and traditional-power favoritism of rankings and bowl selections are eliminated…