A point you have to consider though is recruiting. You are obviously a fan of Fresno State. I honestly have never seen Fresno State play a football game. Some of it has to due with me being EST and some of it to do with them being a smaller school. However, if Fresno State was able to make the playoffs it would do quite a few things to help their program.
1) It helps them get exposure to people who generally would never see them play and also helps them to get on National Television.
2)It helps build the prestige of the program and to build a history.
3) #1 and #2 combine to help the school get new recruits that can better the program and increase their chances of winning.
If Fresno State was #16 this year and they had to play Florida State they are still going to be on National T.V. in a large atmosphere type game. If they lose, they were still seen playing in a great atmosphere and potential recruits get excited about that. If they win, even better, because they just beat a powerhouse team in a playoff environment. Never mind the fact that they may not be able to win that second game. That win against FSU would help them out in a lot of ways and also they would get big $$ for it.
Whether it would benefit those teams and help them gain ground to equality over time is another subject from whether they are there yet and "deserve" (in some opinions) to be in a NC game.
I don't disagree at all that they could quickly gain equal status if they were thrown into an automatic qualifying conference and got all of the exposure and money that goes with it. They are simply playing with a recruiting, financial, and facilities disadvantage at the present time that doesn't allow them much depth.