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Chalk up bonehead mistakes in college football to youthful indiscretion

Chalk up bonehead mistakes in college football to youthful indiscretion

Think back on all the knucklehead things you did as a teenager.

Drove too fast. Stayed out too late. Tried to parachute off the roof of your parents’ house.

Young men tend to act carelessly, researchers say, because the prefrontal cortex — the part of the brain that helps us maintain control — does not fully develop in males until the early 20s.

Which might explain a good deal of what’s happening in college football this season.

The early weeks have been marked by an inordinate number of mindless blunders, including — but not limited to — four players breaking free for touchdowns, only to let go of the ball...

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