SEC three-year records: Western Division

We peeked ahead last week with our future power rankings in the SEC, a prediction of sorts of what the pecking order in the league might look like a few years from now.

Two-time defending national champion Alabama remained at the top of that list, with LSU No. 2 and Florida No. 3. It was tempting to move Texas A&M into the top 3.

To supplement those future power rankings, it’s only fair that we look back at what’s happened the past three years.

We’ll start with the Western Division and come back later today with the Eastern Division. Keep in mind that Texas A&M’s overall record only reflects the one season in the SEC, and we’ve only listed the 2012 season under the Aggies’ conference record.

Western Division (future power ranking listed in parentheses)

Overall record

1. Alabama (1): 35-5 (13-1, 12-1, 10-3)

2. LSU (2): 34-6 (10-3, 13-1, 11-2)

3. Texas A&M (4): 27-12 (11-2, 7-6, 9-4)

4. Arkansas (11): 25-13 (4-8, 11-2, 10-3)

5. Auburn (8): 25-14 (3-9, 8-5, 14-0)

6. Mississippi State (12): 24-15 (8-5, 7-6, 9-4)

7. Ole Miss (7): 13-24 (7-6, 2-10, 4-8)

Conference record

1. LSU: 20-4 (6-2, 8-0, 6-2)

2. Alabama: 19-5 (7-1, 7-1, 5-3)

3. Arkansas: 14-10 (2-6, 6-2, 6-2)

4. Auburn: 12-12 (0-8, 4-4, 8-0)

5. Mississippi State: 10-14 (4-4, 2-6, 4-4)

6. Ole Miss: 4-20 (3-5, 0-8, 1-7)

* Texas A&M: 6-2

Obviously, Alabama and LSU are way out in front of everybody else in the SEC over the last three seasons, with 35 and 34 wins, respectively. For perspective, Oregon has 36 wins over the past three seasons.

The Crimson Tide have won 12 or more games in four of their past five seasons, while the Tigers have won 10 or more games in six of Les Miles’ eight seasons as coach.

How many people would have guessed that LSU had a better conference record than Alabama over the past three years?

Ole Miss checked in at No. 7 in our future power rankings even though the Rebels have won just four conference games over the last three years. Granted, three of those came last season under Hugh Freeze.

Take a look at Auburn’s conference slate over the last three years. Talk about up and down. The Tigers were 8-0 in 2010 and 0-8 last season.

Mississippi State has put together three consecutive winning seasons overall under Dan Mullen -- the first time that’s happened in Starkville since the Bulldogs had four straight winning seasons from 1997-2000 -- but they’ve gone just 4-12 against Western Division foes over the last three seasons.

Texas A&M won six SEC games in its first year in the league. In the Aggies' previous 13 seasons in the Big 12, they won six or more league games only once. So what's all this fuss about the SEC grind?