The ins and outs of the top contenders

Originally Published: November 15, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

BCS proponents say the key to making the system work is to allow it to work, to let the entire regular season play out. That doesn't do much to explain last year, mind you, and with three Saturdays before bids are handed out, there remain three viable national championship contenders for two berths. The latest polls are so close for the No. 2 position that the vote counters are checking for hanging chads.

If one coach had flip-flopped Auburn and Oklahoma, the teams would be tied in both ...

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