Week 3 TAM Football Rankings: Another week with another No. 1

Mississippi State has taken over the No. 1 spot in the TAM rankings for the first time ever.  They struggled against Troy State, but found a way to win and remain the last undefeated team in the TAM rankings.  Last week’s No.1 team, Tennessee, fell to Florida after another fourth quarter collapse.  Ole Miss was also undefeated the first two weeks into the year, but then Texas came to town and handed the Rebels a severe beat down.  Speaking of beat downs, what is going on at Arkansas?  It is hard to believe the Razorbacks were the consensus No. 1 team in last year’s TAM rankings, and some experts’ pick to win the SEC West this season.  They followed up their disappointing week two loss to Louisiana Monroe with an equally bad shut out loss at home to Alabama.  Vanderbilt finally won a game, and managed to jump Arkansas State in the polls, beating up on Presbyterian out of the Big South conference.  Our two Sun Belt teams are neck in neck in the rankings.  MTSU is riding a two game win streak, while Arkansas State lost yet another game to a BCS school.  Southern Miss lost to East Carolina and Memphis lost to MTSU to give us two teams still looking for wins 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. Mississippi State (3-0): Last week No. 2
Last Game:
W 30-24 vs. Troy @ Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
Next Game:  vs. South Alabama @ Davis Wade 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

 

2.  Tennessee (2-1): Last week No. 1
Last Game:  
L 37-20 Florida @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
vs.  Akron @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 35-21 vs. North Carolina State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: 
L 37-20 Florida @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

 

3.  Ole Miss (2-1): Last week No. 3
Last Game:
L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game: vs. Tulane @ the Superdome
Best Win:  28-10 vs. UTEP @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss:  L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas (1-2): Last week No. 4
Last Game:
L 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Rutgers @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:  49-24 vs. Jacksonville State @ Little Rock Arkansas
Worst Loss:  52-0 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

5. Vanderbilt (1-2): Last week No. 6
Last Game: 
W 58-0 Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Best Win:  W 58-0 Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 23-13 vs. Northwestern @ Ryan Field
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

T6. Arkansas State (1-2): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
L 42-13 vs. Nebraska @ Memorial Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Alcorn State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win:  33-28 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bank  Stadium
Worst Loss:  57-34 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

 

T6.  MTSU (2-1): Last week No. 7
Last Game: 
W 48-30 Memphis @ Liberty Bowl
Next Game:  vs. Georgia Tech @ Bobby Dodd Stadium
Best Win: 48-30 Memphis @ Liberty Bowl
Worst Loss:  27-21 vs. McNeese State @ Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

8.  Southern Mississippi (0-2):  Last week No.7
Last Game: 
L 24-14 East Carolina @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Next Game: vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  24-14 East Carolina @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAMs Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams: N/A

9.  Memphis (0-3): Last week No. 9
Last Game:
L 48-30 MTSU @ Liberty Bowl
Next Game:  vs. Duke @ Wallace Wade Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss:  20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAMs Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAMs Teams:  2 (Arkansas State and MTSU)

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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 him know.  Also,  follow him for live tweets from college football games throughout the Mid-South.

 

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