How Long is the Average College Football Game?
The length of a college football game varies depending on the teams and additional factors. Generally, the average college football game takes around 3 hours to complete. This time is made up of the time on the clock, halftime, and other stoppages.
The actual game time lasts for 60 minutes. This is split into four quarters, 15 minutes each. There are usually two minutes between quarters, and 12 minutes at halftime. Since there are also stoppages of play for other reasons, the average duration of actual game time is around 2 hours 58 minutes.
A host of stoppages add to the overall length of a college football game. These include:
- Penalties: Penalties often require further consultations with the referee, resulting in additional stoppage time.
- Television Timeouts: These are mandatory for commercial breaks that are agreed upon before the game.
- Injury Timeouts: This is required for any player who needs treatment for an injury.
When all other stoppages are combined with the regular breaks, a college football game will last an average of around 3 hours.
The length of a college football game has increased due to additional stoppages. Depending on the teams and stoppages, the average college football game will last around 3 hours in total.