Six of the biggest bowl games (Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, Peach) are associated with the playoff on a rotating basis. They did figure it out. The CFP took the existing bowl structure and built the playoff around it.
How come they get to pretend they are soldiers? The thing is, they aren't actually in the military. I ought to have Mike's Pirate School. The freshmen, all they get is the bandana. When you're a senior, you get the sword and skull and crossbones. For homework, we'll work pirate maneuvers and stuff like that.