That simply can't happen because the BE has no big name teams anymore. That means that the BE strength of schedule is down which means the pollsters aren't going to recognize the success for anything more than what it is: mig major.
I agree with you, Bisonfan & I think that the new Big East is not a BCS caliber conference.
You raise an interesting point about SOS. The challenge to the Big East schools is to schedule challenging non-conference schedules. Since most BCS schools don't do this, it can help to compensate for weak conference SOS. It is also why I believe that the Big East will not add any new football teams for the foreseeable future. 8 teams means a 7 game schedule which leaves room for an additional tough OOC oipponent. Any Big East teams that don't do this are doomed to exactly the fate you describe - & deservedly so.
Of course, the BCS has absolutely nothing to do with producing a true national champion. It is simply a gimmick to create interest, increase ticket sales & TV viewership, & to then generate $$$. If the Big East becomes a liability in $$$, they will be gone. As long as they generate interest, they will be part of the BCS. The tri-state New York area + West Virginia have no other representation & they represent 1 of every 7 TV sets, so the BCS will be cautious in eliminating this group. But it could happen.
No big name teams any more? How about another example. Is Notre Dame a big name team any more? Is Alabama? In this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, what's in a name? Yes, the Big East has no big name teams any more even though they have former national champions. Was Virginia Tech a big name team 10 years ago? Florida State 20 years ago? If you win, you're a big name team. Period. The conference has 3 teams that were at one time big name teams. They have 4 that are new to BCS, 2 of whom are new to I-A in the past decade or less. So, the new Big East is a conference only half of which represents traditional IA/BCS programs. They are bringing new guests to the table.
The BCS is giving the Big East experiment a few years to see if they can be competitive at the BCS level because of the potential revenue stream they represent. It's as simple as that. This is a business decision. There is no such thing as fairness, or who's deserving in any of this. There is no Santa Claus. (sorry, I know it is the season.) And there is no Tooth Fairy.