LSU hopes to suppress West's second tier 

November, 6, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A week ago, Alabama coach Nick Saban complimented LSU for being "the most consistently successful team in our league."

Jarvis Landry
AP Photo/Bill HaberDespite being eliminated from SEC and BCS title contention, there's plenty for Jarvis Landry and LSU to play for.
That might not seem the case after Saturday's epic 21-17 Crimson Tide win over LSU, a game where Alabama re-established itself as the SEC West's reigning bully and put itself into position to contend for its third national championship in four years.

But what Saban said was true. LSU has finished among the top two spots in the SEC West in 11 of the last 12 seasons, making it the most consistent finisher at the top of the SEC West standings during that stretch.

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