Out with the new, in with the old

Updated: January 6, 2005, 9:41 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the BCS. Once again, it built a better mousetrap and wound up slamming the thing down on its own neck.

Auburn, your reward for a 12-0 season is to become the first undefeated SEC team since the invention of this bowl gerrymandering system not to play for the national title. Who knew that beating Tennessee twice, LSU and Georgia would matter so little?

California, your reward for going 10-1 and pushing No. 1 USC to within nine yards of its life on ...

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