Could the Big 12 champion be held out of the BCS?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Leave it to my good friend Alan Trubow of the Austin American-Statesman for providing the kind of scenario that probably has Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe quaking in his loafers.

Trubow wonders what would happen if Oklahoma and Texas were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS poll and didn't win the Big 12 championship.

It could happen. Imagine the Longhorns and Sooners racing through the rest of the season as all of the other challengers fall by the wayside. And then Texas loses the Big 12 championship, but the Longhorns and Sooners still are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 when the final BCS polls were released.

The Statesman called BCS administrator Bill Hancock for clarification if such a scenario played out. And it provided an interesting resolution after Hancock checked the BCS bylaws.

Hancock told the Statesman in their Bevo Beat blog that matching the No. 1 vs. No. 2 team in the national championship game was the BCS's top priority. And under no circumstances could a conference have teams in three BCS bowls.

That would mean the Big 12 championship team would be left out of an "automatic" berth to one of the five BCS bowls.

We can only imagine the howling that would take place if it was Missouri, which was snubbed last season when Kansas jumped in front of the Tigers for an Orange Bowl berth despite beating the Jayhawks in the defacto divisional championship game.

If that would happen for a second straight season, particularly if the Tigers won the title game, we could imagine that Missouri fans would be in a "Show Me" mood to the rest of college football world.