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Which teams are in the Southeastern Conference Western Division?

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The Southeastern Conference's Western Division includes seven teams: the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, LSU Tigers, Mississippi Rebels, Mississippi State Bulldogs and Texas A&M Aggies. The SEC only divides teams into divisions in football and baseball; all 14 of the conference's member teams are grouped together in the standings for all other sports.

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The SEC's Eastern and Western division names are geographically incorrect, most notably because Missouri is in the Eastern Division despite being the third-westernmost school in the conference. This came about because when Texas A&M and Missouri joined the conference in 2012, the SEC opted to keep its existing teams in their previous divisions.

The SEC originally split into two divisions in 1991, when Arkansas and South Carolina became the conference's 11th and 12 members. The primary purpose of the SEC's divisions is to determine the matchup in the conference's football championship game. The winners of each division play in the game, even if two teams in the same division have the best conference records. The championship matchup is particularly important because of the conference's success. The game's winner appeared in the BCS National Championship Game every year from 2006 through 2013 and in the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014.

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