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Irish move up to No. 3 in polls, receive first-place vote

Notre Dame took a step up in the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today coaches poll on Sunday.

As expected after Alabama’s 29-24 home loss to Texas A&M, the top four spots were rearranged and the Irish moved up to No. 3 in both polls.

Oregon, which was No. 2 in the polls last week, took over the top spot in the AP and coaches polls, and Kansas State also moved up a spot going from No. 3 to No. 2. Alabama was dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 in the AP polls and to No. 5 in the coaches poll.

Georgia took the No. 4 spot in the coaches poll and is No. 5 in the AP poll.

The Irish, who improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1993 with their 21-6 win at Boston College, received one first-place vote in the AP poll, which doesn’t factor into the BCS standings. The also received a first-place vote in the USA Today coaches poll, which does factor into the BCS standings.

Notre Dame’s No. 1 vote in the USA Today coaches poll is the first time it has received a top vote since September 2006, and the Irish were no lower than No. 5 on any coaches’ ballot.

Jerry Palm, an analyst for CBSSports.com, is projecting Kansas State to take over the top spot in the BCS standings, followed by Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgiaand Florida withAlabama falling all the way to No. 6.

The new BCS standings will be released tonight.

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