Week 5 TAM Football Rankings: Mississippi State is No. 1 for third consecutive week

Mississippi State remains the No. 1 team in our ranking for the third consecutive week after coming off of their bye last week. Tennessee is holding on for dear life to the No. 2 spot after a crushing loss to Georgia.  The Vols have a bye week and then it should be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown between Tennessee and Mississippi State to determine the best TAM team.  MTSU is the surprise of the year so far thanks to the Blue Raiders impressive victory over Georgia Tech.  The Blue Raiders jumped four spots to No. 3 in the TAM rankings (their highest ranking ever).  Ole Miss dropped one spot after their loss to Alabama, and are still looking for their first win over a team from an automatic qualifying conference since October 2, 2010 when the Rebels defeated Kentucky 42-35 (also their last SEC victory).  Vanderbilt is holding down the No. 5 spot, and after their bye last week the Commodores are trying to find a way to avoid being the first SEC victory for Missouri.   The two schools in Arkansas are having worse years than expected so far.  John L. Smith saw his Razorbacks lose in blow out fashion to yet another SEC West opponent, while Gus Malzahn had a less than welcome debut into Sun Belt play with the Red Wolves loss to Western Kentucky.  Southern Miss and Memphis remain the last two teams in the TAM rankings, and both are still looking for their first wins of the 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 (4-0): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
W 30-10 vs. South Alabama @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  Tennessee (3-2): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  
L 47-26 vs. Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Next Game: 
vs.  Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 35-21 vs. North Carolina State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: 
L 37-20 Florida @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  MTSU (3-1): Last week No. 7
Last Game: 
W 49-28 vs. Georgia Tech @ Bobby Dodd Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Louisiana Monroe @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 49-28 vs. Georgia Tech @ Bobby Dodd Stadium
Worst Loss:  27-21 vs. McNeese State @ Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Ole Miss (3-2): Last week No. 3
Last Game:
L 33-14 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Next Game: vs. Texas A&M @ Vaught –Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:  39-0 Tulane @ Superdome
Worst Loss:  L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

T5. Vanderbilt (1-3): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
L 48-3 vs. Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win:  W 58-0 Presbyterian @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

T5. Arkansas State (2-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
L 26-13 vs. Western Kentucky @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Florida International @ FIU Stadium
Best Win:  33-28 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss:  26-13 vs. Western Kentucky @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  Arkansas (1-4): Last week No. 5
Last Game:
L 58-10 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Next Game:  vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Best Win:  49-24 vs. Jacksonville State @ Little Rock Arkansas
Worst Loss:  52-0 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Southern Mississippi (0-4):  Last week No. 8
Last Game: 
L 21-17 vs. Louisville @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Next Game: vs. Boise State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  42-17 vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

9.  Memphis (0-4): Last week No. 9
Last Game:
L 38-14 vs. Duke @ Wallace Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Rice @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss:  20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:  2 (Arkansas State and MTSU)

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CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

 

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