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As voted on by 17 coaching legends
It’s been a long road back, but Notre Dame has risen to the top of the Legends Poll for the first time ever.
And the top-ranked Irish are one win away from their first ever trip to the BCS championship game.
“You know, it’s hard to classify Notre Dame as a really, really good football team at this point,” former Virginia coach George Welsh said, “but they are undefeated. It’s not easy to win all of your games.”
Notre Dame received 13 of the 17 first-place votes in the Legends Poll and remains the only eligible unbeaten team in the FCS.
No. 2 Alabama received three of the remaining first-place votes and moved back into the driver’s seat for the BCS title game as well. The final top vote went to No. 3 Georgia.
If the Alabama and Georgia can both survive their in-state rivalry games, a BCS title game berth will be on the line in the SEC championship game.
No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State each fell three spots, following shocking upsets.
No. 6 LSU remained the top two-loss team after the Tigers outlasted Ole Miss Saturday night, 41-35.
Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson rounded out the top 10.
No. 21 Oklahoma State moved back into the top 25 after a victory over Texas Tech. No. 24 Washington and No. 25 Utah State also made their way into the Legends Poll rankings, the first appearance for each team this season.
USC, Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin dropped out of the rankings this week.
To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.
THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25
|1||Notre Dame (13)||11-0||420||3|
Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana Tech 19, Northwestern 14, USC 7, TCU 7, San Diego State 5, Wisconsin 2, Georgia Tech 2, Tulsa 2, Northern Illinois 1, San Jose State 1, Kent State 1
Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: USC, Louisiana Tech, Wisconsin
* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward. You can see the entire Poll at www.legendschannel.com.