The title is inspired out of humor - no political position!
The narrative for the bowls being meaningless has been established by the players not participating and the media backing that narrative. It seems to me there are a couple of actions the NCAA could take In order to provide incentive for player participation. One of which has already been discussed and an additional item brought up to me by a friend (perhaps discussed in the media, but I haven't heard it directly).
(1) Creating an 8 Team Playoff - 5 Conference Champions, 3 At Large Teams.
- Eliminates the notion/bias of the eye test, which would have led us to believe that Alabama was the greatest team in our lifetimes.
- Eliminates the notion/bias of the eye test, which had many in the media claiming a 2 loss Georgia team should have been in the 4 team playoff because of the bias of the SEC. Even after the outcome of the bowls the power of personal bias was still in full force when several in the media refused to back off the position that Georgia should have been in - in spite of the evidence presented on the field.
- Nick Saban is against expanding the playoff. Let's analyze why? He currently has a monopoly on bias, mostly justified. However, there is now a narrative that a 2 loss Alabama would get in whether they won their Conference or not. He can sell to every recruit they will be in the playoffs every year they attend his school and provides a recruiting advantage. No other team can claim that they would be in even if they didn't win their Conference - hence #1 classes for the foreseeable future.
- Consider an 8 team playoff with Conference winners getting in every year. This means the best teams in each conference can now make the same claims. It opens up the opportunity to complete at the highest level in the playoffs for more schools and more players.
- Conferences now get to prove it on the field not in the imagination of the CFB Committee or media.
- More players competing for something meaningful, means less leaving their teams to prepare for the NFL.
- More bowl games become meaningful by adding 4 more meaningful games.
(2) Pay all players that participate in the Bowl Games a bonus above and beyond their scholarship benefits. Make it a substantial enough sum that they would be willing to get a benefit financial beyond the regular season.
My belief is that the actions above are a way for College Football and the NCAA to save the sport and provide incentive.