Down year for the SEC West?

LSU was going to be a massive underdog in Atlanta in any case, but getting blown off the tracks by a lame-duck, last-place A&M outfit with nothing to play for cast the Tigers’ run through the SEC West in a much dimmer light. Is it possible that the sport’s deepest, most revered division just wasn’t that good?

LSU won it with a pedestrian +16 scoring margin in conference play, and that’s including a 25-point win over Ole Miss. The only other West team that finished in the black was Alabama, which played 5 games (including an overtime loss at LSU) decided in the final minute. The West collectively posted a rare losing record (6-8) vs. the East in cross-division play. 

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