As of 2015, SEC West Division includes long-time members Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU. Arkansas, which joined the conference in 1992, and Texas A&M complete the seven-team field.
Since the beginning of college football's BCS era in 1998, the SEC has claimed nine of 17 national titles, including six by West Division members. LSU won titles in 2003 and 2007, while Alabama won three national championships in four years - 2009, 2011 and 2012. Combined with Auburn's 2010 title, an SEC West team was crowned champion in four consecutive seasons.
The in-state Auburn/Alabama matchup is easily the biggest rivalry game in the division, with many critics considering the "Iron Bowl" the most followed in college football. While it certainly overshadows the annual clash between Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the "Egg Bowl" serves as equally important to the rival schools each November.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the SEC West champion faces the winner of the East Division for the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The seven SEC East foes include mainstays Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. South Carolina joined the division with Arkansas in 1992, while Missouri began conference play with the 2012 addition of Texas A&M.