Is the 85 scholarship limit helping or hurting college football, in a macro aspect, today?
I'm old enough to remember how it was heralded as more of an "equalizer" and how this drove parity and caused "The Horror" and other small, mid majors to finally "compete with and beat the big boys"...
But my observation is that this arbitrary limit just strengthens the tip-top of the pyramid (Alabama, Clemson, maybe Ohio) who recruit outrageously and build incredible depth at nearly all positions with the best identified talent. This depth is unmatched by nearly all other programs.
The next "tier" is more watered down then ever and probably won't catch up under the current system. The depth of talent needed is too far a bridge and the 85 scholarship limit keeps teams from taking more flyers on developmental guys... Some of these guys might end up very good but you need to have more of them to identify the diamonds in the rough.
And then yes, you have MAC and Mountain West or App State able to pick up players and develop guys who otherwise might be stashed on any team not named Alabama, OSU, Clemson, a few others.
What say you? 85 scholarships seems arbitrary and hurting the competitiveness of the game (at the top end) at this point.