|DeShaun Watson taking in the moment|
After listening back to the show from last night, I realized I was a bit all over the place.
Per usual, I got a bit excited and possibly didn't convey the exact message I was trying to get across. But the just of the message is that there is a massive talent gap between the best teams in college football compared to the worst teams (duh, right?).
By comparison, the NFL, even though they definitely have good teams v. the bad, has a much smaller talent gap. For one, there's only 32 teams (which is still too many) compared to college's 126, thus only the best players go to the next level (NFL). The same could be said from high school to college, but this is obviously common sense stuff.
Second, the possibility of an upset is much smaller in college because the kids are that much more superior. Yes, I realize it can happen, and it has, with Appalachian St. beating Michigan in The Big House, and this year, with North Dakota St. going into Iowa City, and taking down the Hawkeyes, as a couple of examples.
But when you compare college and the pros in the probability of the upset, it's not close. And that is why the saying, "Any given Sunday", is so prevalent in the NFL. It's obviously more likely for the 32nd best team to beat the #1 team, than it is the 126th ranked team to beat the #1.
Therefore, that is why I made the argument last night as to why recruiting is everything in college football.
By comparison, the NFL has a draft, free agency, trades, and a salary cap, so it's wildly difficult to build a team that is far and away better than the rest. Eventually (except for the Patriots), the best players retire, you may screw up your salary cap, or there may be coaching turnover that is out of the organization's control, and a rebuilding mode takes place.
In college, once you're able to cement your program as one of the elites, you're golden. You keep recruiting those 5-star kids, and you put a system into place that can be dominant, and the only challenges you face are the very few times you actually play another team that equals your talent level.
Again, I realize that the coach who recruits best still needs to know his X's and O's, I'm just saying he just might not be the best at them.
Right now, Nick Saban and his assistants are some of the best recruiters in college football. Year in and year out, they get the best high school players in the country. And year in and year out, they're there at the end vying for the National Championship.
But once in a while, there comes a Clemson, a team that matches your talent level, and that's when college football is at it's best.
I just wish those contests could happen more often.