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. The average game length in the Football Bowl Subdivision this It's fair to point out that lower NCAA football divisions have far shorter games. The average game time was in , ESPN says, and over the games and the NFL," he said, citing the marching bands in college as.