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Illustration: Axios Visuals

Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati will compete in the College Football Playoff, which is exactly how it should be. Not much drama this year.

Why it matters: No. 1 Alabama is the top seed for the fifth time in the CFP's eight-year history.

  • No. 2 Michigan is the first team to make the CFP after being unranked in the preseason AP Poll.
  • No. 3 Georgia is the fifth team to make the CFP without winning a conference championship.
  • No. 4 Cincinnati is the first Group of 5 school to make the CFP.
Table: Axios Visuals

The big picture: There are 130 FBS teams. Exactly 10% of them (13) have now made a CFP appearance: Alabama (7x), Clemson (6x), Ohio State (4x), Oklahoma (4x), Georgia (2x), Notre Dame (2x), Michigan, Cincinnati, LSU, Washington, Michigan State, Oregon, Florida State.

Looking ahead: The New Year's Six slate...

  • Orange Bowl: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Georgia (Dec. 31)
  • Cotton Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati (Dec. 31)
  • Peach Bowl: No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Pitt (Dec. 30)
  • Fiesta Bowl: No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (Jan. 1)
  • Rose Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Utah (Jan. 1)
  • Sugar Bowl: No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 8 Ole Miss (Jan. 1)

Go deeper: College football gone mad

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Record campaign cash flows into races for state election officials

Former President Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Georgia in 2020. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Record-breaking waves of campaign cash are poised to flood state-level races for secretary of state and other positions with a role in administering elections, according to the election watchdog Brennan Center.

Why it matters: As many GOP-led states move to restrict voting rights, and as former President Trump promotes loyalist candidates backing baseless election fraud claims or paths for elected officials to overrule the will of voters, both parties have put outsized focus on getting the "right" people into decision-making posts.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Jan 12, 2022 - Sports

Georgia fans buying championship apparel at record pace

Photo: Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

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.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
49 mins ago - Economy & Business

Peloton's wild ride and possible buyers

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Peloton is having a bumpy ride, and has become a source of fascination among even those who've never invested or clipped in.

Driving the news: On Monday, a hedge fund with less than a 5% stake in Peloton called for CEO John Foley to be fired and for the connected fitness company to consider seeking a strategic buyer. Shares gained nearly 10% on the news, but remained down 16.2% for the year and off 80% their December 2020 peak.