GridIron Master pegging clarifications.
1. The fact that the pegs are not on the yard lines is driving me crazy, it makes counting yardage more difficult. I wish the pegs were on the actual yard lines, just for clarity. Am I to assume that the actual yard line is the one currently in front of the ball? So if there was a touchback, the ball would be placed on the peg hole just behind the 20 yard line?4 pegs beyond the endzone?
That is correct. 1 peghole = 5 yards. Therefore the offensive line would be placed 4 pegholes from the endzone in the case of a touchback (ball at 20 yard line). Since the players line up behind the LOS and not directly on it, that is where the peg holes need to be.
2. If this is correct, how far does the ball need to move to get a first down? Only to the peg behind the 30 yard line? Or beyond that, to the one on the other side of the 30 yard line?
2 pegholes = 10 yards. Therefore the ball needs to move forward 2 pegholes for a first down. In this specific situation, this peghole would mark being "at the 30 yard line".
3. If the ball is on the peg behind the opponent's 10 yard line (in front of, depending on your point of view--the third peg from the endzone) can you get a first down by advancing it to the peg in front of the goal line? It's the example in the book showing where you can't get a first down that is confusing me.
In any circumstance, if you advance the offensive line by 2 pegholes you get first down. In this specific situation the ball being on the 3rd peg from the endzone would mark the offence being on the 15 yard line. Advancing the ball 2 pegholes would move the to the 5 yard line and result in a first down.