From my vantage point it is a case of the Haves and the Have Nots. You have about 6 programs that can legitmately be expected to compete for a Natty year in and year out. UNC, UCLA, USC, Stanford, FSU and maybe we throw Penn State in there. A few programs are trying to get there. Georgetown recently, UVA and Duke periodically, USCe. Am I missing anyone? Women's basketball is very similar with UConn, ND, USCe, Miss St, Baylor in the club. Louisville is trying to join the club. Stanford has a clear advantage with domestic recruits. USC and UCLA use their proximity to the talent, CC wins and solid academic resumes to compete. UNC uses its royal soccer history to stay there. Penn State, Not sure how to explain them. Were they a one hit wonder, or do they belong? Their upcoming recruiting class suggests they may belong. FSU counters domestic dominance of its national rivals with a heavy dose of international recruiting. As an FSU fan, I'm glad we've finally crashed that elite party. Hoping our 2nd natty allows us to win a couple more domestic recruiting battles. Jaelin Howell was one we won and boy do I love her. Future USWNTer IMO. She would fit well on the UNC team because she's a pit bull. (compliment to UNC, not a cut) I want to win a few more domestic recruits like her.