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Georgia fans celebrating the Bulldogs' dominant win. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Alabama and Georgia will meet in next week's CFP national championship — the second such meeting in four years, and the second game between the SEC rivals in five weeks.

CFP semifinals: While three of the seven CFP title games have been classics, the semifinals have been horrible. That trend continued this year, increasing the average margin of victory in CFP semifinals to 21 points.

What they're saying: Friday's blowouts reinvigorated the playoff expansion debate.

  • On one hand, expansion seems wise. The CFP is everything now, soaking up the media oxygen and devaluing other bowls. It must deliver drama, and a larger field helps guarantee that.
  • On the other hand: "Friday's games hardly made the case that more games are needed to get down to the two best teams," writes WSJ's Laine Higgins (subscription).

The last word, via The Athletic's Chris Vannini, who favors a 12-team model that would give us eight additional games (subscription):

"Expansion won't change who wins in the end. It'll probably continue to produce lopsided semifinal results. But the College Football Playoff is supposed to be the climactic moment of the sport, and it's just not."

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Georgia fans are buying championship gear at a historic rate. 41 years of waiting will do that to you.

Driving the news: Fanatics says it sold more Georgia championship merchandise in the first 24 hours after the Bulldogs' victory than the previous best-selling school (2021 Alabama) sold in the first 30 days.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.