Spot on, OP.
We can blame a lot of this on the NCAA and their silly rules, but the conferences stayed loyal to the NCAA for some reason. They all could have bolted. Who was stopping them? They should have broken off and formed their own league where players could be paid like the NIL.
The BCS was the first step towards this corporate CFB garbage. The completely backwards rules and not putting together the correct championships led to the playoff.
My biggest gripe about this is that ESPN controls the sport. Better yet, Mickey Mouse runs the sport. The sport is too centr