Really, it all boils down to this:
“You should have to win something,” said Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson. “You should be a champion to get into this type of system.”
“When you get to [limiting it to] conference champions, you’re not necessarily dealing with the best teams,” said SEC commissioner Mike Slive. “You’re creating more of a tournament than playing for the national championship.”
The bottom line is the bottom line here. Is it good for college football to limit the SEC to one entrant to the title game? Thompson prefers to spread the wealth, baby. My bet is that Slive is going to find himself significantly outnumbered on this.