So the NCAA has announced some rule changes that will go into affect for the 2012 college football season. Mostly rules on kickoffs and helmets coming off of players.

Teams will kick off at the 35-yard line instead of the 30. Also, players on the kicking team can’t line up for the play behind the 30-yard line, which is intended to limit the running start kicking teams used to have during the play.

Also, touchbacks on free kicks will be moved to the 25-yard line instead of the 20 to encourage more touchbacks. Touchbacks on other plays (for example, punts that go into the end zone, or fumbles that go out of the end zone) will remain at the 20-yard line.

If a player loses his helmet (other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, such as a facemask), it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play.

Offensive players in the tackle box at the snap who are not in motion are allowed to block below the waist legally without restriction. All other players are restricted from blocking below the waist with a few exceptions (for example, straight-ahead blocks).

A rule prohibiting players from leaping over blockers in an attempt to block a punt.

Hmm so let me get this straight. A perfectly fine non-injured player gets his helmet knocked off during a tackle and has to come out for a play. What about a linemen that gets hands to the face and his helmet knocked off backwards? You are out a play kid! Stupid rule if you ask me. Yay for more touchbacks… Or not, let’s take out of the more exciting plays and limit those speedy play makers that return the ball. This will soon be like the NFL where guys get anxious and try running the ball out 7 yards deep in the end zone.

What’s everyone’s thoughts on the rule changes for the upcoming season?

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