Notre Dame did its part. The Irish knocked off USC on Saturday and earned a spot in January's BCS championship game.
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.
In the seven-year history of the Legends Poll, fifth-ranked Notre Dame had never been ranked in the top 5.
That streak ended this week as the Fighting Irish and Kansas State made their first ever top 5 appearances in the Legends Poll rankings. Both teams improved to 6-0 and benefited from a second straight week of upsets.