2001 Nebraska was a worse situation than 2003 Oklahoma IMO.It’s interesting that in the BCS era, the Big 12 was hurt by its championship game several times but the SEC was hit only once, in 2001. Well in reality, the Big 12 actually didn’t suffer in 2003 when Oklahoma was blasted by Kansas State. They still played LSU for the BCS title.
But I see your point and you may be correct. Money is going to determine that I think… how much has it benefited the Big 12 financially since it reinstated its title game? I know the PAC 12 has the weakest power 5 title game. No one cares about it. I could see them dropping it for sure.
I love your idea of the 9-2-1 split schedule. I think split conference championships are fine. And the league can leave it up to the CFP committee ranking to determine its auto-bid as you say. There has always been push back against the 9 game schedule but I wonder if in a relaxed 12 team playoff world, where an undefeated season isn’t such a must have, that programs will relent their opposition to it.
Nine games allows for more frequent rotation amongst teams that rarely play one another and that would be better for the league. But that cash cow of the title game in Atlanta will be almost impossible to give up.