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Notre Dame Ends Season No. 1 In AP Poll; Alabama No. 2

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Notre Dame ends the regular season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 1988, the last championship season for the Fighting Irish.

The Irish (12-0) completed their regular season last week and will play No. 2 Alabama in the BCS championship game in Miami on Jan. 7.

The Tide holds its spot in the rankings after beating Georgia 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference title game.

Ohio State (12-0), which is banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions, moves up a spot to No. 3. Florida is No. 4, Oregon is fifth and Georgia fell to sixth.

Northern Illinois jumped to No. 16 after beating Kent State for the Mid-American Conference title. Kent State dropped seven spots to No. 25.

Below is the complete list of the final AP Top 25 poll:

1. Notre Dame
2. Alabama
3. Oregon
4. Florida
5. Georgia
6. Kansas State
7. LSU
8. Stanford
9. Texas A&M
10. South Carolina
11. Oklahoma
12. Florida State
13. Clemson
14. Oregon State
15. Boise State
16. Northern Illinois
17. Northwestern
18. Louisville
19. UCLA
20. Utah State
21. Nebraska
22. Michigan
23. Wisconsin
24. San Jose State
25. Texas

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