A question as we move to a 10-team, round-robin schedule without a CCG to determine the conference champion:
If 2008 happened again (three teams, all with one loss in the conference, all losses to each other), which team wins the conference's automatic berth in the BCS?
It could simply be the team ranked highest in the BCS. It could be the same as the existing Big 12 tiebreaker used to determine which school advances to the CCG. Or it could even be akin to the old SWC rule in which the team which has gone the longest without receiving the automatic berth receives it.
Also, would all three schools be considered co-champions? I think the answer here has to be "yes".
Without entirely reopening that rusty can of worms, it seems to me that the absence of the need to determine a South participant in the CCG would have made Texas' chances of advancing to the NCG in 2008 slightly better. The conference would have presented to the college football world three school, all consider co-champions, from which writers and coaches could have picked the most worthy for NCG purposes. Maybe it would have been Texas, maybe not, but once the conference force-fed OU into the CCG and gave OU the chance to be the unambiguous champions of the Big 12, our chances were nil. And, again, I say "force-fed" because someone had to be force-fed, even if it was Texas.