A few decades ago, some wise people limited the number of football scholarships that any single university could have. The intent was to prevent the preeminent universities from gathering up most of the good players from around the nation even if some would never play much. In the eyes of the university that recruited them, at least they wouldn’t be playing against them.
The elusive goal of these reduced scholarships was parity.
That goal was not and probably will never be achieved because there are too many variables in college football, but I think we have reached a point where it is as close as it can get.
The top 3 or 4 teams in any of the major conferences could be the top 3 or 4 teams in any conference. At any given time, a top 25 team might beat any other top 25 team if they bring their “A” game.
Universities, coaches, and players can take nothing for granted. What used to be the tag line of the NFL has been snatched away by NCAA Football: On any given day…