The system still has some flaws

Updated: September 13, 2005, 11:48 AM ET
By Rod Gilmore | Special to ESPN.com
If you watched any college football over the weekend, you no doubt noticed that instant replay will have a huge impact on the game this season. Errors that would have gone uncorrected a year ago were corrected in games this past weekend, or controversy was removed from rulings on the field by game officials. But those corrections came at the cost of delays and longer games.

Last year, instant replay was a novelty because it was used only in the Big Ten, which had so much success with its form of review that every conference except the WAC and Sun Belt has adopted instant replay this season. Unlike the NFL, which allows coaches to call for an instant replay review, the Big Ten's instant replay model uses a replay official to determine whether a play should be reviewed. Most conferences adopted the Big Ten's model, although some conferences tweaked the system (the Mountain West allows coaches to challenge a game official's ruling).


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Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.