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Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston

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TO GIVE UP THE BALL IS BETTERTHAN TO RECEIVE

The Case of College Football Overtime

In college football tie games are resolved with overtime. The winner of a coin toss chooses whewther to start with the ball or to give the ball to his opponent. The first team with the ball begins on the opponent's 25-yard line and keeps going until they attempt a field goal, score a touchdown, or lose possession. Then the other team gets the ball on their opponent's 25-yard line and keeps going until they attempt a field goal, score a touchdown, or lose possession. The team that is ahead at this point is the winner. If the score is still tied, the order of possessions is reversed and the process is repeated. After the second overtime each team must attempt ...

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