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Rule change's impact on college football

College football kickoffs have been moved up five yards to the 35-yard line in an effort to increase touchbacks and enhance safety.

However, touchbacks will result in the ball being placed at the 25-yard line instead of the traditional 20-yard line.
Handicappers who accurately gauge the impact of this rule change should have a leg up when betting OVER/UNDER totals.
Coaches have already begun conjuring up strategies to adapt to the new rule.
"We have talked about some sky kick situations," Florida coach Will Muschamp said at SEC Media Days. "We're looking at directional kicking the ball with height and see if we can pin them back a little further."
The NFL implemented a similar rule change before last season, and the result was more than double the amount of touchbacks. However, it didn’t hurt scoring significantly, and oddsmakers were able to adjust throughout the season to produce a balanced number of OVER (134) and UNDER (128) results.
Other college football rule changes:
--If a player’s helmet comes off during a play, he has to be removed from the game for one play. In addition, if a player's helmet comes off, he must stop playing or risk being assessed a 15-yard penalty.
--Look for less onside kicks, as returners may now call for a fair catch on kicks that hit the ground once and pop into the air. A kick that hits the ground twice is a live ball.
--The halo rule on punts has been re-instituted. Defenders must allow a one-yard buffer zone around the punt returner.
College football lines at BetOnline:
Thursday, Aug. 30
South Carolina (-7) at Vanderbilt
Central Florida (-21) at Akron
Eastern Michigan at Ball State (-4.5)
Texas A&M (-9.5) at Louisiana Tech
UMass at UConn (-21)
UCLA at Rice (-14)
Texas-San Antonio at South Alabama (-6)
Washington State at Brigham Young (-12.5)
Minnesota at UNL (-10)

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