Why College Football Playoffs Need a Champions League Model

While the UEFA Champions League evolved over the years into its current format, up until the mid-1990s its core ethos was simple: the champions of each European country earned their place in a prestigious club competition after winning domestic leagues of varying strength. With the 2021-22 finals due Saturday, the original concept of “one champion, one place” offers college football an opportunity to seize amid the broader upheaval over how conferences lead to a champion. The opening is designed to turn the College Football Playoff into a real playoff by allowing teams to play their way into it.

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