Conversely, a team could play cupcakes in the non-conference and what good is that.
Besides, non-conference games are going to continue to diminish as conferences push for 14 teams. That is 6 divisional games and 3 non-divisional conference games. Put the regular season back to 11 games, and you only have 2 non-conference games. It opens an extra week for the playoffs, emphasizes the importance of conference play, and puts all the conference championships on Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s have college take Thanksgiving back from the NFL.
Win your conference and you get in. It is the only way to equalize the playing field and it neutralizes the whole P5/G5 thing. Win your conference, and you have a shot. Dominate your conference year-in and year-out, who knows what might happen.