Bowls never “meant anything” until VERY recently. Bowl games are basically the NFL’s preseason games, but after the season instead. For a long swath of college football history, the National Champion was determined prior to Bowl Games. Award winners still are.
Further, I find it kind of ironic that a board that constantly complains about the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” widening seemingly wants to give schools that are already rich enough to pay for bodybag games an advantage in the form of more practice time.
Besides, I’m not gonna sit here and complain about free football. Nobody’s forcing us to watch the bad games.