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Ohio State's More Practice Than Oregon Could Pay Off Monday

By    |   Friday, 09 Jan 2015 11:28 AM

To get ready for Monday's football championship game, Ohio State is being allowed more practice time this week than Oregon because of the NCAA's 20-hour limit while classes are in session.

According to ESPN, because University of Oregon students returned to class this week, the Ducks football team is limited in "countable athletic activities" to four hours a day and 20 hours a week. Ohio State doesn't face the limits because its students don't return to class until Monday, the day of the game.

Football practice on the field, as well as weightlifting, film sessions, required meetings and actual games all fall within the 20-hour limit.

However, OSU Coach Urban Meyer earlier told ESPN he planned on scaling back practice instead of ramping it up, noting that his squad has ready played 14 football games this season.

"You're talking about 14, 15 games, and that is getting very NFL-ish," Meyer said last week. "We're very leery of it. And there's a part of me that's concerned about the wear and tear on the student-athlete. But I watch our players, and they're having the time of their life. I don't feel like there's fatigue."

"So I think it's great for college football, but I think it's something that we all need to consistently monitor. And I know we have very closely, because the wear and tear on a student-athlete is real. It's never been like this. This is the first time in college football history that you're asking a student at a university to spend this much time," said Meyer.

Paul Jones of the Oregon football fan site FishDuck.com has complained that Ohio State doesn't have to take the practice field for the rule difference to pay huge dividends for the Buckeyes.

"Imagine adhering to the 20-hour rule with a regular schedule, then adding another hour a day for film study – all without having to worry about attending classes or being responsible for academic homework," wrote Jones.

"The impact this could have on Ohio State's preparation versus Oregon's preparation could be game-altering. Players, instead of being physically pushed in pads, could spend another hour, two hours, three hours doing nothing but game film, strategy, preparation and all of that would be coupled with not getting hit on the field."


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