Boise State Football: New NCAA Rule Will Only Be More Motivation for the Broncos

Martin SondermannAnalyst IIFebruary 13, 2013

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 15:  Hayden Plinke #80 of the Boise State Broncos runs the ball against the Miami University RedHawks at Bronco Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The NCAA has proposed some new rules to take effect in time for the 2013 college football season, according to an Associated Press report on

One of those rules is that if a player intentionally hits another player above the shoulders, that player would be ejected from the game. The article states:

The NCAA Football Rules Committee said it had unanimously approved strengthening of the penalty for intentional above-the-shoulder hits. The 15-yard penalty will now have an ejection tacked on, assuming the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month

That rule seems logical, and it goes a long way in protecting players.

However, one of the proposed rule changes has a lot of people scratching their heads. The article goes on to say:

Perhaps one of the stranger rule changes, and one Boise State fans surely will notice, would require teams to have either their jerseys or pants contrast in color to the playing field. 


Does anyone really believe blue on blue or green on green gives an advantage to a team? Wouldn't the so called "camouflage" cause the home team to have the same problem?

Could a quarterback see his own receivers if it were such a problem?

The only possible advantage to blue-on-blue or green-on-green is when it comes to game film. However, with HD and all the current technology, that kind of thing has to be minimal at best.

Still, you have to wonder where this new rule idea came from?

This is not the place to speculate, but it sure is a very suspicious rules change proposal. Does this mean San Diego State can't wear all black at night, or Penn State can't wear all white in a snow storm?

Where does it end?

No matter what happens, the one thing all of this could do for the Broncos is place another chip on their already loaded down shoulders.

Chris Petersen is a master motivator, and you know he won't let this go to waste.

This rule will be known to most at "The Boise State Rule" if it does pass, and it will serve as just one more log on the underdog fire.