Who besides Texas and OU in the Big12 have been in a MNC game since 1980. No one. Who in the SEC has? Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, and LSU. It's not about who has the best teams at a given moment or year, it's about the track record of the conference as a whole over the long haul. You can't tell me that the pollsters would see a matchup with a 3 in conference loss Texas Tech team late in the season would be perceived as harder than a 3 in conference loss Georgia team. Won't happen.