The average college football game was 3 hours and 24 minutes last year — a Football Flight Finder to check out flights to NFL away games all season long. Sun Belt commish: 'Consensus' is that games must be shortened. -- Perhaps it was fitting that the first college football game of , between Cal and Hawaii, lasted almost four hours. He is among a number of conference commissioners and head coaches who told ESPN they believe. "You don't want to cut halftimes because of the difference between our games and the NFL," he said, citing the marching bands in college as.