Week 2 TAM Football Rankings: Arkansas falls, so who is No. 1?

Finally, after weeks of TAM rankings we get a new number one team.  That is all thanks to the Razorbacks’ embarrassing home loss to Louisiana Monroe.  Several fourth down conversions led to the Razorbacks’ demise and to make matters worse, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation is coming to town and Arkansas might be without 1st team All SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson.  The new No. 1 team in our TAM rankings is Tennessee who will face a pretty tough opponent of their own when No. 18 Florida comes to Rocky Top this week. Mississippi State finally gave Dan Mullin his first SEC West win over a team other than Ole Miss this past Saturday when the Bulldogs beat Auburn.  Ole Miss has already matched their win total from last year, but the thought that they are an improved team may be fools gold.  We will find out Saturday after they play host to the No. 14 Texas Longhorns.  Southern Miss had an early bye week and Vanderbilt lost to Northwestern.  Our two Sun Belt TAM teams rebounded nicely this week, as Arkansas State came back in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis.  While MTSU grabbed a much needed conference win against Florida Atlantic and a spot in our game of the week.  The other team in our game of the week is Memphis who is still searching for their first win of the year.  MTSU and Memphis are never too far from the bottom in our rankings, and this game may decide who the worst team in the TAM rankings is this year.

The Mid-South is full of fans with allegiances to different area college football programs. Which FBS program in the three states surrounding the Memphis area is the best? To help end some arguments and start others, every week MemphiSport ranks all the college football teams in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi . We call it the TAM Rankings.

1.  Tennessee (2-0):
Last Game:  
W 51-13 vs. Georgia State @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
vs.  Florida @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 35-21 vs. North Carolina State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: 
N/A
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

2.  Mississippi State (2-0):
Last Game:
W 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Troy @ Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

3.  Ole Miss (2-0):
Last Game:
W 28-10 vs. UTEP @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game: vs. Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:  28-10 vs. UTEP @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas (1-1):
Last Game:
L 34-31 vs. Louisiana Monroe @ Little Rock Arkansas
Next Game:  vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:  49-24 vs. Jacksonville State @ Little Rock Arkansas
Worst Loss:  34-31 Louisiana Monroe @ Little Rock Arkansas
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

5. Arkansas State (1-1):
Last Game: 
W 33-28 vs. Memphis @ ASU Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Nebraska @ Memorial Stadium
Best Win:  33-28 vs. Memphis @ ASU Stadium
Worst Loss:  57-34 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

6. Vanderbilt (0-2):
Last Game: 
L 23-13 vs. Northwestern @ Ryan Field
Next Game:  vs. Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss: 23-13 vs. Northwestern @ Ryan Field
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

T7.  MTSU (1-1):
Last Game: 
W 31-17 vs. Florida Atlantic @ Floyd Stadium
Next Game:   vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl
Best Win: 31-17 vs. Florida Atlantic @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss:  27-21 vs. McNeese State @ Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

T7.  Southern Mississippi (0-1):  
Last Game: 
L 49-20 vs. Nebraska @ Memorial Stadium
Next Game: vs. East Carolina @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  49-20 vs. Nebraska @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

9.  Memphis (0-2):
Last Game:
L 33-28 vs. Arkansas State @ ASU Stadium
Next Game:  vs. MTSU @ Liberty Bowl
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss:  20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: 1 (ArkansasState)

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CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. If you think your favorite TAM team is too low (or even too high) in the rankings tweet him @churtj09 and let himn know.  Also,  follow him for live tweets from college football games throughout the Mid-South.

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