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Notre Dame, Alabama End Regular Season No. 1, No. 2

NEW YORK (December 2, 2012)--Notre Dame ended the regular season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football 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.

Texas A&M ends the regular season ranked No. 10.

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

Kent State dropped seven spots to No. 25.

Baylor was among the schools receiving votes after a three-game winning streak to end the regular season.

AP College Football Poll

1 Notre Dame (60) 12-0 1,500 1
2 Alabama 12-1 1,424 2
3 Ohio State 12-0 1,302 4
4 Florida 11-1 1,279 5
5 Oregon 11-1 1,250 6
6 Georgia 11-2 1,213 3
7 Kansas State 11-1 1,129 7
8 Stanford 11-2 1,094 8
9 LSU 10-2 1,051 9
10 Texas A&M 10-2 1,025 10
11 South Carolina 10-2 907 11
12 Oklahoma 10-2 851 12
13 Florida State 11-2 789 13
14 Clemson 10-2 691 15
15 Oregon State 9-3 638 16
16 Northern Illinois 12-1 534 19
17 UCLA 9-4 440 17
18 Utah State 10-2 379 20
19 Michigan 8-4 306 21
20 Boise State 10-2 276 25
21 Northwestern 9-3 266 22
22 Louisville 10-2 248 NR
23 Nebraska 10-3 227 14
24 San Jose State 10-2 157 NR
25 Kent State 11-2 117 18

Others Receiving Votes: Penn State 83, Vanderbilt 67, Wisconsin 62, Texas 51, San Diego State 22, Fresno State 20, Oklahoma State 15, Baylor 15, Cincinnati 15, TCU 14, Arkansas State 13, USC 11, Tulsa 9, Rutgers 6, Ball State 2, North Carolina 1, West Virginia 1


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