Originally Posted by Chise
That's a good question. Kinnick probably knows.
I actually remember this very specifically. Back in 2008 when we had the one loss Texas/Okl/Tech debate, the BCS was asked what would happen if Missouri won the Big XII CG, and the other one loss south teams finished #1 and #2. Hancock said that nothing was written into the rules about this specific scenario and he would have to find out. Later that week they announced that the goal of the BCS was to match #1 vs #2 and the two team per conference cap would be honored. So in that situation, Missouri being the Big XII champ would not go to a BCS game.
The following year in the spring meetings they added that possibility into the BCS rules and went the other way on it, deciding that all three teams would make a BCS game, but the $$$ share of the third team would be drastically reduced. I think around $3M or $4M instead of the $15M range.
Three from one conference in the final four is a very real possibility in the upcoming playoff. The one big question I have about the upcoming playoff is if two from one conference are in the playoffs (#1 and #4 or #2 and #3) would they still let them matchup against eachother, or would they purposely be staggered so they dont play in the opening round. Just like the MLB playoff rules. Top division winner always plays wild card unless from the same division.