Chicago Colleges: Rick Stockstill
Though even a Notre Dame win over Alabama may not be enough to convince everyone that the Irish are the nation's best team.
And we're not talking about also undefeated Ohio State, either, which could theoretically win the AP title with a Notre Dame loss on Jan. 7.
Three coaches voted the Crimson Tide ahead of the Irish in the final regular-season USA Today coaches' poll.
What's more — one voted Notre Dame No. 4, behind Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
Vanderbilt's James Franklin picked three of his fellow SEC teams ahead of the Irish, while Middle Tennessee's Rick Stockstill and Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville both voted Notre Dame second behind the Tide.
Franklin voted his Commodores 16th. They finished outside the top 25.
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