But what does it say that those smaller conferences are even considering adding to the already robust bowl schedule? Actually, their worries aren't unfounded. That same ESPN report said that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said his league would "probably, but not exclusively" desire to play other Power Five conference teams in future bowl games. It also mentioned that as many as 20 bowls could pit Power Five teams against each other after 2014.
The likely theory behind that? People would rather buy tickets to watch the No. 7 team in the Big 12 than the No. 2 team in the Sun Belt. Case in point: Georgia Tech got into a bowl with a 6-7 record.
Louisiana Tech at 9-3 and Middle Tennessee at 8-4 were left out.
Now, I don't advocate a team being shut out of a bowl because it lost its conference title game, and Louisiana Tech's reluctance to give the Independence Bowl an immediate answer cost it a spot in that game, but the facts remain.
The SEC has eight bowl slots on top of the automatic BCS berth for its champion. The MAC has three total. The Sun Belt has two total.
If the smaller conferences get pushed further to the margins, this could create a distinct college football middle class when the sport goes to a playoff. Under that system, a selection committee will pick one Group of Five team for a spot in one of the top six bowls.
So one team across five conferences gets to rub elbows with the big boys each season, while the rest might be left to dine on each other if they want to taste the postseason.
Is it fair? Not really, but it's business, and this reminds us that's exactly what the bowl system is. We're told they reward success, yet nine-win teams are overlooked for six-win teams based on which lunch table they sit at in the college football cafeteria. Sometime the cool kids just get the breaks.
But that's not stopping me from my quest of sitting in a press box in Dubai. Join me in my endeavor. Grab a snack at the bake sale table if you're walking past the office.
I make a mean lemon bar.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.