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. Notre Dame is a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week.
The Tide holds its spot in the rankings after beating Georgia 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference title game.
Louisville, the Big East champion, moved back into the rankings at No. 22.
No. 24 San Jose State is ranked for the first time since Nov. 24, 1975.