I could be wrong, but it seems to me that DBs in college and in pros are now coached to fight and GRAB when they are even slightly beat, moreso then a few years ago. Maybe I am just noticing it now, or maybe refs are told to call it tighter to improve offensive numbers and thereby viewers (uneducated).
I don't see how this is good strategy. A grabbed jersey is easy to spot and refs WILL see it. Now if they call it or not, who knows why (Auburn no call). Which brings me to the reason it is hard to watch. It is now ALL in the refs hands. Every incomplete pass is only incomplete if the ref decides not to call it. It is now like the offensive line where there is holding every play, just if the ref feels like calling it. Now EVERYTHING is in the refs hands. So it depends on ref bias, if the ref is on your sideline or on opponents, one ref that calls tougher than another. Takes the game out of players hands. Now mediocre offensive play is rewarded.
Often balls are un-catchable, but doesn't matter because there was a hold somewhere. Often offenses are stuffed on the run for 2 plays, throw a fade, flag comes out and bingo first down!
If I were a coach of a out-manned team, I would throw a fade route (on my sideline) to my tallest receiver EVERY PLAY. 1 out of 3 will be Pass Interferene or Defensive Holding.
Its just harder to watch now. If I wanted to watch a competition decided by refs/judges, I would watch Ms America pageant, maybe.