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SEC West Division toughest division in college football

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - No one can deny that the Southeastern Conference is King when it comes to college football.

The last five BCS National Champion hail from the SEC.

The Florida Gators won it all in 2006, LSU grabbed the title in 2007, Florida came back and captured the 2008 title, Alabama defeated Texas to win the 2009 national title and the Auburn Tigers behind the stellar play of quarterback Cam Newton won it all in 2010.

When it comes to contenders in 2011, the Southeastern Conference has a number of teams highly capable of taking home the converted trophy.

LSU, is highly rated, especially if Les Miles can get quarterback Jordan Jefferson to excel in the passing game and Nick Saban and his Alabama squad has a legitimate shot.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen says the SEC West is probably the best overall division in all of college football.

He said, "Five of the six teams in the West last year finished in the top 15 nationally in the final polls. I don't know if that has ever happened in college football, five teams from one division finish in the top 15. So that's the challenge that you face. You're playing week-in and week-out essentially a top ten team throughout the whole season."

Mullen believes his Bulldogs have a shot at the SEC West Division title and will have a say so who wins or doesn't win the national championship. The Bulldogs will face LSU, Alabama and Arkansas, the top three teams in the SEC West Division race heading into the 2011 season.

In various preseason football polls, Alabama and LSU are ranked among the top five.  Mississippi State, Arkansas and Auburn are ranked among the top 25.  The SEC West is a stronger division when compared to the SEC East.  South Carolina and Florida are two other SEC teams ranked among the Top-25.

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