New York To earn a national championship, Alabama or Florida will have to win two games matching No. 1 vs. No. 2.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide and second-ranked Gators held their spots in the AP Top 25 Sunday, setting up the 41st game matching the highest ranked teams in the AP poll.
Alabama (12-0) and Florida (11-1) will play Saturday at the Georgia Dome in the Southeastern Conference title game. The winner is virtually guaranteed a spot in the BCS national championship game in Miami on Jan. 8.
No. 3 Texas slipped past No. 4 Oklahoma in the latest rankings, a week after OU had jumped over the Longhorns.
The Crimson Tide received 62 first-place votes and 1,620 points from the media panel. The Gators received three first-place votes, up one from last week, and 1,516 points.
Texas had 1,488 points, eight more than Oklahoma.
There was little movement throughout the poll after a weekend when most ranked teams either won and were off.
No. 5 Southern California and No. 6 Penn State held their spots. No. 7 Utah jumped a spot ahead of No. 8 Texas Tech, after the Red Raiders had to rally to beat Baylor 35-28 at home.