Yet another reason CBS telecasts dragged on and on in 2006: Games broadcast by the network were not only the longest in duration, they averaged the fewest plays per minute.
CBS games averaged only .61 plays a minute, a decline from .62 in 2005. These numbers are derived by taking the total length of broadcasts by a network and dividing it by the total number of rushing and passing plays. Kicking plays or plays nullified by penalty are not counted, which is the standard used to count plays by the NCAA. And yes, game duration includes halftime.
By comparison, games that were not televised averaged .72 plays a minute, down from .74 in 2005. Games telecast by Comcast dropped from .72 to .71.
The biggest decline come from Lincoln Financial/Raycom telecasts, which dropped from .69 to .65. ESPN+ saw a decline from .71 to .68.
ABC dropped from .68 to .66, ESPN saw a reduction from .68 to .66. TBS and FOX remained the same, TBS at .69 and FOX at .68. Other games (local and pay per view) dropped from .71 to .68.
NBC, which lost 22 minutes off its average telecast in 2006, was the only network that saw its plays-per-minute average increase. NBC went from .65 to .67.
Again, we'd like to thank Marty from cfbstats.com, Matt from College Sports Schedules and Gary from Steroid Nation for supplying us with the figures.