http://www.collegefootballnews.com/2004/Columnists/Fiu/COW/Cavalcade_of_Whimsy.htm "The LSU Tigers aren’t the co-defending national champions. That’s what everyone keeps saying, but it's wrong. LSU is the defending national champion. Period. I thought USC was the best team at the end of last year, the whiny AP media thought USC was the best team, and CFN had USC ranked number one, but it doesn’t matter; the BCS is what counts. The AP poll is just a component in the overall formula. It's fine if USC calls itself the AP national champion, but LSU is the actual 2003 college football national champion."