Before detailing my issues with college football, let me preface with the fact that I am NOT a college football fan.
I view college football primarily as the stepping stone for high school football players that are going to eventually end up in the NFL. I understand that college football is not exclusively that, and that there are MANY football players that greatly benefit from playing college ball and never end up in the NFL. However, I still think that there are two areas in college football that should be changed for the sake of helping out these NFL-bound players.
First of all, I think that the college ball should be gotten rid of and the NFL-sized ball should be implemented. I do not know enough about the physics behind each ball, but I think that getting some of these players, specifically the offensive skill players, accustomed to the NFL-ball prior to them entering the NFL is a benefit. I seem to recall last year prior to the 2011 Draft a lot of talk about the QBa getting themselves accustomed to the NFL-ball. It just seems to me like the benefits of implementing that ball at the collegiate level has benefits that outweigh any potential negatives.
My second issue is the main one and is probably the one that many of you might disagree with. That issue is the college offense. I was reminded of this issue as I tried to really get a good feel for Gabbert's game from watching the cut-up of his game vs. Nebraska. To be very honest, I am not an scouting expert, and so I must say that I had a difficult time for the most part gauging how effective Gabbert could be as an NFL QB when he was playing a college offense and was essentially running a shotgun formation on every snap. To be very honest, I think that it is a disservice to these players (QBs in particular, but this definitely holds for the other offensive positions) to not be running a pro-style offense. I am not going to say it has to be 100% pro-style, but when a guy like Gabbert basically ran the offense out of the shotgun 90+% of the time, he is inevitably going to struggle at first in the NFL, and this inevitable struggle could easily be avoided/minimized.