Popcorn Charlie wrote:
NFL has 55 player roster limit
NCAA has 85 scholarship limit
Why does the college game need 30 players more than the professional game when only 11 can be on the field at one time?
NFL teams also have taxi squads for players who aren't quite as good as their top 55 but who they want to be available in case of injury. Some of the 85 NCAA scholarship players are similar to taxi squad players, and others may be redshirted or otherwise expected to be better in the future.
NFL practice squads are limited to 12. Above the 56 they have on the active roster. For a grand total of 68. For the NCAA most conferences have TRAVEL squad limits between 55 and 70. Meaning that even some of the largest allowed travel squads are living FIFTEEN scholarship athletes at home. These are FULL RIDES. NCAA has a roster limit of 105 for college football. ONE HUNDRED AND FIVE...and that is only the beginning limit. You can add as many players as you want above that limit after your set your opening roster. Some colleges have 120 on their football teams.
One thing that NFL has over College for the smaller rosters is the ability to add a new player at any time should they lose a player. They can just pick up any free agent or trade.