Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
For the first time since 1988, Notre Dame ends regular-season play as the No. 1 team.
The USA Today Coaches' Poll is out, and for the first time since 1988, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will finish regular-season play ranked college football's No. 1 team.
Saturday's 22-13 victory over the USC Trojans helped the Irish (12-0) earn 56 of the 59 first-place votes and cement a trip to the BCS National Championship game where they could play either the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide or No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs. The two schools meet next week in the SEC Championship game.
Overall, there was some movement among the top 10 thanks to rivalry games.
The Gators leapfrogged the inter-state rival Florida St. Seminoles, who fell to No. 12 after losing to the Gators, 37-26, on Saturday.
Below is the complete USA Today Coaches' Poll:
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