How is this REALLY any different than any other year? If Alabama plays 12 games in a "regular" year but plays 4 cream puffs haven't they, in essence, played 8 games? Honestly this season should make it easier and faster to see who the better teams are. How many teams start 4-0 and end up 6-6? With most teams playing at least the teams in their own conference we should easily know who the best teams are in each conference and in a quicker time frame. The teams that benefit from not playing non-conference would be the smaller conference teams and let's face it, they probably aren't getting invited to the dance anyway. The playoff teams will most likely be from the 5 power conferences anyway and it shouldn't be a problem figuring out who will represent from those conferences.
And the teams playing more games will likely have more time off in December to get ready and healthy. Just play the games already.