concerns ranking teams during the season. Why should Bama, or any other team for that matter, begin a new season ranked No.1 just because it won the BCS championship last time? This is a concept that seems to have been imported from professional boxing in which the reigning champion, in any weight class, has the title of champion conferred upon him. The big difference with boxing is that it is a solitary sport, not a team sport like football. Bama's roster is not the same as last season's and many of its key players did not return. Thus, it seems the title of "defending national champion" is conferred upon a football program, not its current team. At least in boxing, the champion is the same guy who holds the championship belt. Whereas, Bama's current roster is different from the one that won the last BCS championship. All Bama has to do is remain undefeated, no matter how unimpressively it wins, no matter how weak its schedule is, etc. Whereas, everybody else has to fight for recognition to be ranked No.2. Lou Holtz has challenged the "defending national champion" concept, as it affects the ranking of teams, and I hope he continues to do so.