The trophies could be the only prizes for the winners in several games during championship weekend.
This is not the NCAA basketball tournament. Those titles don't automatically come with playoff spots, and in some cases, the wrong winner could ruin things for a conference.
No more so than the Atlantic Coast Conference, where No. 19 Virginia Tech can only play spoiler to No. 3 Clemson. Not only would a victory by the Hokies likely cost Clemson and the ACC a chance to win the national championship, but it could also cost the conference $2 million.
The College Football Playoff revenue distribution plan pays each conference $6 million for each team placed in the...