Bama in control of SEC West

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 2 Alabama approaches the dreaded month of November on the brink of taming the normally wild SEC West.

A two-game lead over LSU with three Southeastern Conference games to play.

What could happen? A Crimson Tide team that has lost nine consecutive November games, including a stunner to Louisiana-Monroe last season, doesn't really have to wonder what could happen.

Just about anything. Alabama (8-0, 5-0) became the only SEC West team with fewer than two losses with LSU's defeat to Georgia.

Alabama's schedule doesn't appear especially daunting in terms of claiming the West title.

First, Arkansas State visits in the final nonconference game Saturday, and then comes a trip to No. 15 LSU with a chance to lock the division title down.

After that, Mississippi State and Auburn - who are a combined 3-6 in the SEC - visit Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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