The plan to divide and conquer has hit a hitch.
The five conferences that write the rules and cash the checks continue to dominate the race for the four-team College Football Playoff. The top 17 teams in this week's Associated Press media poll top 25 represent the Pac-12, Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten and Big 12 conferences or Notre Dame.
It remains highly unlikely any school from the outcast "Group of Five" conferences will rise to compete for the national championship.
The power leagues have consolidated even more power in the last few years and worked hard to cut off the left-behind leagues: Mountain West, American Athletic, Mid-American,...