BREAKING: LSU clinches SEC West following Ole Miss loss

LSU is headed to Atlanta.

The SEC championship is still a few weeks away,

but the SEC West has been sealed following a day that saw LSU win and Ole Miss lose.

LSU’s win earlier in the day eliminated Alabama,

but a Rebel win would have kept Ole Miss alive.

LSU got the help it needed from Nick Saban and the Tide,

who won on the road in Oxford 30-24 to close out the division race.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Tigers,

but Brian Kelly has LSU contending in his first year on the job.

He joins Les Miles and Gus Malzahn as coaches who also won the west in Year 1.

At 8-2, LSU’s playoff hopes are alive.

The Tigers would be the first two-loss team to appear in the playoff,

but a two-loss SEC champion will have a good shot.