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Kendall Baker
Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Dec 6, 2021 - Sports

College football's final four

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.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Dec 3, 2021 - Sports

Charted: D-I athlete grad rates

Chart: NCAA Research

Division I student-athletes continue to graduate at their highest rate in the 20 years the data has been tracked, per the NCAA.

By the numbers: The overall single-year rate held steady at last year's rate of 90%, up from 74% in 2002.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Dec 1, 2021 - Sports

The penultimate CFP rankings

Data: College Football Playoff; Table: Will Chase/Axios

Michigan's first victory over Ohio State in 10 years has given the Wolverines their highest ranking of the CFP era — and a clear path to their first playoff appearance.

Where it stands: Unbeaten Georgia remained No. 1 in the CFP rankings for the fifth straight week, followed by Michigan, Alabama, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Updated Nov 30, 2021 - Sports

College football gone mad

Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

Nov 29, 2021 - Sports

A Rivalry Week for the ages

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Rivalry Week delivered an epic end to the regular season, headlined by three marquee matchups that shook up the College Football Playoff race ahead of next weekend's conference championships.

No. 5 Michigan 42, No. 2 Ohio State 27: Jim Harbaugh finally got his first win over the Buckeyes (1-5) and the Wolverines are likely one win away from their first CFP berth.

Kendall Baker, author of Sports
Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Florida's football woes

The Sunshine State is having a college football season to forget.

Driving the news: Entering Saturday, Florida's seven FBS programs are a combined 28-42. None are ranked, and just one has a winning record.

Nov 18, 2021 - Sports

Catching up on the college conference realignment wave

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Sister Jean and the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers announced Tuesday that the school will be moving from the Missouri Valley Conference to the Atlantic-10 in 2023.

Why it matters: Loyola-Chicago is the 24th D-I school in the past five months to announce a new league affiliation — a reshuffling that began in July with a shocker: Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC in 2025.

Nov 15, 2021 - Sports

Sweeping changes coming to NCAA

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The NCAA's summer of change is bleeding into what should be an equally impactful winter.

Driving the news: The NCAA and leaders across each division will meet on Monday to discuss the association's newly-drafted constitution, with the goal of gathering feedback ahead of a final vote in January.

Legendary coach Herb Magee's last ride

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Herb Magee, the legendary coach of D-II Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, begins his 54th and final season on Saturday.

Why it matters: Magee's 1,123 wins trail only Mike Krzyzewski's 1,171 across all levels of men's college hoops, and this season marks the final campaign for both Hall of Famers.

Nov 10, 2021 - Sports

An unlikely college basketball powerhouse

Ryan Turell (center) pumps up his teammates. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Yeshiva University brings a 38-game winning streak into its home-opener Wednesday night against Eastern Connecticut State.

Why it matters: That's the longest winning streak across all levels of men's college hoops, making the tiny Upper Manhattan institution an unlikely D-III powerhouse.