College football fans are upset with the length of time it took to complete Monday night’s national title game.
For years now, fans have been complaining about how long it takes to complete the average college football game. Monday night, it seemed to reach a boiling point. Clemson’s thrilling victory over Alabama took four hours and eight minutes – which means that since the contest started at 8:17 p.m. ET, it ended for fans on the east coast at 12:25 p.m. ET. The fourth quarter started just before 11:30 p.m. ET.
Obviously, that makes it tough for fans to both watch the game and get up to be at work on time the next day.
Fans aren’t thrilled. Here’s what we’re seeing on Twitter:
That was the best 9 hour game I've ever watched.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) January 10, 2017
You may think this game is already pretty long, but just wait until we add an untimed down at the end.
— Big 12 Refs (@Big12Refs) January 10, 2017
"Hold…I'm…I'm hearing that the impossibly long football game needs to last just a few more minutes." pic.twitter.com/HN2PjeCVN3
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) January 10, 2017
This game is long affffff
— Andre The Giant ⚡️ (@AndreSmith_9) January 10, 2017
This game is taking so long that Clemson will become Clemdad by the time it's over.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) January 10, 2017
— nascarcasm (@nascarcasm) January 10, 2017
BREAKING: 4-hour long game going past midnight on a friggen Monday isn't doing so hot. https://t.co/6ZwlXHzMsC
— Jarrett Gercken (@Jarrettmg) January 10, 2017
No question. CFB needs to start addressing game length more seriously. https://t.co/4PG4yasW8O
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2017
What can be done, you ask? Well, many believe that if the NCAA moved to a number of rules the NFL uses, it’d help. Example: no time stoppage after first downs.
The ratings for the contest were down a bit too this year – from 15.8 to 15.3 – and some attribute it to the length of time it took for the game to finish up.
Will the NCAA address the issue? We’ll find out in the coming months.