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Notre Dame Ends Season No. 1 In AP Poll; Buckeyes No. 3

By RALPH D. RUSSO,AP College Football Writer
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Theo Riddick #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Theo Riddick #6 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Notre Dame ends 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.

Northern Illinois jumped to No. 16 after beating Kent State for the Mid-American Conference title. Kent State dropped seven spots to No. 25.

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