How the West has won
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tigers continue to move up in the rankings, but they've got plenty of company from their division as five teams from the SEC West are currently ranked among the top 10 teams in the country.
With Alabama at #3, Auburn at #5, Texas A&M at #6, LSU at #8 and Ole Miss at #10 there hasn't been a tougher time to compete in the West.
"I don't know if there's any other conferences that have five teams in the top 25," said Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who will have to face all 5 teams this year.
"Honestly, if you came to LSU, that's why you came here, because you wanted to play the best," said LSU head coach Les Miles on Monday.
SEC West teams are 19-1 this season, with the lone loss coming from Auburn's 45-21 win over Arkansas: West beating West.
A closer look at the standings reveals that among the West, Texas A&M has shown the most potent offense, with the Aggies leading the league in points per game (54) and yards per game (595).
The LSU defense has been the class of the league on that side of the ball, with the Tigers giving up the fewest points (8) and yards (205) per game this season.
The West will start to sort itself out more after this weekend: the only Western division matchup this week is LSU hosting Mississippi State.