I thought I read that the conference champs played each other in hopes the winner would get the BcS bid vacated when the monstrosity that is the Big East Dies. Or at least puts up enough "stability" to prevent the Big East from replenishing its rolls.
Although if you took only the "best of the best" from each here's what you would have from a conference:
1 TCU (and yes I know big 12, just wanting to put them in there)
6 So Miss
Would that 8 plus 4 or 6 of the big east schools be enough to make anyone care?