The Tigers (10-1, 7-1 in SEC) are set to take on the Georgia Bulldogs, champions of the SEC East, in Saturday's league title game in the GeorgiaDome.
"That was our goal before the season," said LSU senior center Rudy Niswanger on winning the west. "That was something we want to do for ourselves and for our new coach. Today was one of the places we had to get by to get there. It wasn't pretty, but some times games in the SEC aren't pretty. We came out and one and now we have a big one next week."
The Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1) clinched
the eastern division title two weeks ago with a win over
"It feels good," said LSU coach Les Miles. "We're the (SEC) Western Division Champions, and with our accomplishment we get another opponent. We get another SEC opponent, and we look forward to that. I think our team can focus fully on a game plan."
Saturday's title game will be a rematch of the 2003 championship game, in which LSU dismantled the Bulldogs 34-13 to advance to the national title game.
"It's going to be a fight, a dog
fight most definitely," said LSU cornerback Ronnie Prude. "Going to
The SEC Championship Game is in its 15th year of existence with the game being formed when the league went to two divisions in 1992.
Ole Miss is the only team in the SEC Western Division to never have appeared in the title game. The Rebels came closest in 2003, but was nudged aside by LSU.
In 2001, upstart LSU made it to the
championship game despite a 5-3 record in the SEC West. The Tigers rallied from
a 4-3 record to win its final four SEC games to make it to
Backup quarterback Matt Mauck entered the game for an injured Rohan Davey and accounted for two touchdowns as the Tigers stunned No. 2 Tennessee, a team which already owned a 26-18 win over LSU in the regular season.
Two years later, LSU revisited the
big game to face