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Finally, the past is behind us

Originally Published: September 6, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

If it hadn't been clear before Saturday night, there could be no question that the 2003 season is, once and for all, over.

The debate that began last December about who's number one never let up, thanks to the split national championship. It continued right up until Saturday because the names at or near the top of the polls -- USC and LSU -- remained the same.

Now that both teams have not so much won their openers as survived, let the swaggering conclude. These are not the same teams ...

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