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Alabama Football: Crimson Tide Moves To No. 2 in USA Today Coaches Poll

The Alabama Crimson Tide leaped back into contention for the BCS National Championship, moving into second place in the new USA Today Coaches Poll.

Undefeated Notre Dame moved up three places to take over the top spot in the poll. The Fighting Irish beat Wake Forest Saturday 38-0.

Notre Dame received 56 of a possible 59 first-place votes in the poll. Alabama received two votes, while Georgia, ranked third in the new poll, receive the remaining vote.

Notre Dame must get past Southern California next week to punch their ticket to Miami, while Alabama must host 3-8 Auburn, and then travel to Atlanta and defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game in order to play for the title.

Losses by the Kansas State Wildcats to Baylor and by the Oregon Ducks to Stanford dropped both schools in the polls, setting the stage for a Notre Dame-Alabama matchup in the BCS Championship game in Miami on January 7. Oregon dropped to No. 4 in the new poll, while Kansas State plummeted to No. 8.

Florida State is fifth, followed by Florida at No. 6. The rivals face each other next Saturday in Tallahassee.

LSU is in seventh place in the poll, followed by the Wildcats. Clemson is No. 9, and Texas A&M rounds out the top ten. In all, the SEC represents five of the top ten, and has seven teams in the top 25.

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