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Wisconsin moved into the top 10 in this week's AP poll after destroying Michigan. The top of the rankings remained mostly unchanged, while the middle got a big makeover.

By the numbers: Alabama has been ranked for 200 consecutive weeks, the fourth-longest streak since the AP poll started in 1936.

  • 209 minutes, 22 seconds: Before Michigan's TD late in the third quarter, Wisconsin hadn't surrendered a point since the first quarter of the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl, a streak of 209 game minutes and 22 seconds, per The Athletic.
  • 6-1: Following his team's 23-17 win over Notre Dame, Georgia coach Kirby Smart is now an impressive 6-1 against top-10 teams not named Alabama.
  • ~10 years: Cal was the big mover, jumping 8 spots to No. 15 — the highest the Bears have been ranked since they were No. 6 on Sept. 27, 2009.
  • 17 pass TDs: LSU QB Joe Burrow has 17 pass TDs through 4 games. That already equals (or surpasses) LSU's year-long total in each of the past 5 seasons.

What's next: This Saturday features 2 matchups of ranked teams: No. 18 Virginia at No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 21 USC at No. 17 Washington.

Go deeper: How college football is combating attendance woes

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Trump pardons Bannon in final hours of presidency

Steve Bannon. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

President Trump issued an eleventh-hour pardon to his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday night, sparing a longtime ally from a federal fraud prosecution over his alleged misappropriation of nonprofit funds.

Why it matters: Bannon was the most high-profile name on a White House list of what's expected to be dozens pardons and commutations, with hours remaining in Trump’s presidency. His pardon of the former Breitbart News chief came as Bannon faced criminal charges stemming from a scheme to privately finance a southern border wall.

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Scoop: Google is investigating the actions of another top AI ethicist

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Photo by Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Google is investigating recent actions by Margaret Mitchell, who helps lead the company's ethical AI team, Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Joe Biden's COVID-19 bubble

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The incoming administration is planning extraordinary steps to protect its most prized commodity, Joe Biden, including requiring daily employee COVID tests and N95 masks at all times, according to new guidance sent to some incoming employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."