Will New Kickoff Rules Just Make For General Mayhem?

An error in our previous estimate on what the NCAA's new kickoff rules will mean in the college game: assuming it would all follow the NFL's example. College coaches are more daring than their pro counterparts, and with four times as many teams, surely somebody out there is gonna start trying some really crazy stuff. Touchbacks coming out to the 25 could make for the clearest exploit.

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Colorado coach Jon Embree foresees as many injuries as ever thanks to pooch kick strategies aimed at landing kickoffs inside the five-yard line, thus forcing a return of 20-plus yards just for the receiving team to break even.

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