Here’s a new one: a college football game will have each team’s offense playing in one direction on the field. Believe it or not, this is not the first time this has occurred in a college football game.
According to an article by Grayson Weir on Outkick.com, the reason for the unique rules in this Saturday’s game featuring the North Alabama Lions hosting the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, is that the game will be played in a baseball stadium. Toyota Field, home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas (great team name), the Los Angeles Angels AA minor league team, has turned their baseball-purposed stadium into a football stadium for this tilt.
Per Weir’s post, the 100-yard gridiron does fit into the 2-year old baseball stadium, but only one of the end zones is regulation size and safe for conducting offensive plays. So, all offensive drives will be played in one direction on the field. Incidentally, they added bleacher seats on the field to accommodate a crowd of about 10,000 spectators for the game. The expected crowd would shatter attendance records at Toyota Field, which is located in Madison, Alabama, just west of Huntsville.
So, all offensive drives for both teams will go towards the end zone in front of the first base dugout. Football fans will certainly wonder: What about interceptions and fumble recoveries? Where do the defensive players run to score a touchdown? According to Weir’s article, “pick-sixes, scoop-and-scores, and kick returns can be scored in the far end zone,” which is much smaller and is located near the left field wall on the baseball diamond.
The last time these rules were in place for a college football game was in 2010 when Northwestern hosted Illinois at Wrigley Field in Chicago. I guess football really wasn’t meant to be played on a baseball field.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.
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