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Retro look suits 2005 bowl season

While the system is still flawed, the BCS delivered an ultra-cool retro bowl lineup packed with intriguing matchups, writes Pat Forde.

Updated: December 5, 2005, 3:21 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

And so, at the end of a three-month immersion in new conference alignments, new replay equipment and a new BCS voting component, we arrive at a bowl season that has suddenly gone retro.

There's Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden, staging their own Gray Panther rally at the Orange Bowl.

There's Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl, adding a fresh layer of luster to what had been five years of tarnish on the golden dome.

There's Texas on the road to Pasadena, making a bid for ...

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