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As voted on by 17 coaching legends
But even though Notre Dame finished the regular season unbeaten and even though it received more first place votes (10) than Alabama (7), Alabama edged out Notre Dame for the No. 1 spot in the Legends Poll.
"I put Alabama No. 1, I put Notre Dame No. 2," former Ohio State coach John Cooper said. "I just think if Alabama plays Notre Dame anywhere, Alabama would beat them and that’s the reason I put them No. 1."
In one of the closest votes in the eight year history of the Legends Poll, he difference between the two teams was one point in the rankings.
For the second straight week, Georgia came in at No. 3, followed by Oregon and Florida.
No. 6 LSU remained the highest ranked two-loss team, one spot in front of Kansas State.
Texas A&M, Stanford and South Carolina rounded out the top 10.
No. 12 Florida State fell out of the top 10 after a home loss to Florida, tumbling five spots in the rankings.
No. 14 Clemson dropped four spots after losing to its in-state SEC rival South Carolina.
No. 24 Kent State and No. 25 Vanderbilt -- two of the week's newcomers to the rankings -- made their first ever appearances in the Legends Poll top 25.
Texas, Rutgers, Mississippi State and Washington dropped out of the rankings.
To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.
THE LEGENDS POLL TOP 25
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