The football rules in college football were changed a few years ago to make the uprights about 5 feet narrower than previously. Many game commentators have harped about how much harder it is to kick field goals from the hash marks. Assume the field goal is attempted from the hash marks. At what yard marker does the kicker have maximum angle to the two uprights? In college football today, the width of the goal posts is 18 ft 6 in. and the width of the hash marks is 40 ft. Is there any merit to some commentators argument to take a penalty in order to have a better angle on the field goal kick when the ball is close to the goal line?
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