As voted on by 17 coaching legends
The top two teams are set.
After a thrilling victory over Georgia in the SEC championship game, Alabama finished the regular season as the No. 1 team in the Legends Poll.
Notre Dame remained No. 2 in the rankings and has earned the right to play the Crimson Tide in the BCS title game in Miami.
“That was on heck of a football game,” former Georgia coach Vince Dooley said of the SEC championship game. “Alabama and Georgia are two outstanding football teams. I think either of those teams could beat Notre Dame, and I just think Alabama is a better football team.”
Oregon finished the regular season at No. 3. And despite losing the head-to-head battle earlier in the season, No. 4 Florida moved one spot ahead of Georgia. The Bulldogs fell two spots after the SEC championship defeat.
No. 6 Kansas State prevailed over Texas, finishing its magical run and guaranteeing a BCS bowl bid.
No. 7 LSU slid one spot, followed by Pac-12 champion Stanford at No. 8. Texas A&M and South Carolina rounded out the top 10.
ACC champ Florida State finished the season at No. 12, one spot ahead of Clemson. In a surprising turn, the Seminoles will face MAC champion, No. 18 Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl.
Big East champion Louisville instead will face fourth-ranked Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl after finishing No. 15 in the rankings.
No. 19 Wisconsin vaulted back into the Legends Poll top 25 after an emphatic victory over Nebraska. The Cornhuskers fell 11 spots to No. 24.
Big 12 members Oklahoma State and TCU fell out of the top 25, finishing the season outside of the rankings.
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Others Receiving Votes: Northwestern 37, Texas 34, Rutgers 27, USC 16, San Jose State 14, Mississippi State 9, North Carolina 7, Baylor 7, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 6, Cincinnati 5, Arizona State 4, Ole Miss 3, Louisiana Tech 3, Fresno State 1
Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: Texas, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Washington