Week 7 TAM Rankings: Mississippi State remains best TAM team

It is the seventh week of the TAM rankings and Mississippi State has separated themselves from the pack as the best TAM team.  The Bulldogs defeated fellow TAM team Tennessee on Saturday and are in the driver’s seat for the TAM Championship.  Coach Dooley and the Vols struggled again to get a win against a top 25 team, and things do not get any easier as the No. 1 Crimson Tide comes to Knoxville this Saturday.  Ole Miss snapped their conference losing streak in impressive fashion with a 21 point win over Auburn.  MTSU pulled off a close win, but lost star tailback Benny Cunningham for the year with a knee injury.  Cunningham is 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game and third nationally in touchdowns scored this season.  Vanderbilt looks to get back on track as they get a struggling Auburn team at home this week.  Arkansas is off on Saturday, and the Razorbacks look to build on their two game winning streak next Saturday when they play fellow TAM team Ole Miss (who also has a bye this week).  It is another showdown in the Sun Belt Conference this week when Arkansas State takes on the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette.  Memphis could not ride the momentum from their first win of the year and Southern Mississippi is still looking for their first win after a crushing overtime loss to UCF.

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 (6-0): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
W 41-31 Tennessee @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. MTSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  Tennessee (3-3): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  
L 41-31 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game: 
vs.  Alabama @ Neyland 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: 1 (Mississippi State)

3.  Ole Miss (4-3): Last week No. 5
Last Game:
W 41-20 Auburn @ Vaught–Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game: vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:  41-20 Auburn @ Vaught–Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss:  L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  MTSU (4-2): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
W 34-30 Florida International @ FIU Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade 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

5.  Vanderbilt (2-4): Last week No. 3
Last Game: 
L 31-17 vs. Florida @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  
vs.  Auburn @ Vanderbilt Stadium
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

6.  Arkansas (3-4): Last week No. 7
Last Game:
W 49-7 vs. Kentucky @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught–Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:  24-7 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Worst Loss:  52-0 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  Arkansas State (4-3): Last week No. 6
Last Game: 
W 36-29 vs. South Alabama @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Louisiana Lafayette @ Cajun Field  
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

8.  Memphis (1-5): Last week No. 8
Last Game:
L 41- 7 vs. East Carolina @ Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Next Game:
 vs. UCF @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 14-10 vs. Rice @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 
20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:  2 (Arkansas State and MTSU)

9.  Southern Mississippi (0-6):  Last week No. 9
Last Game: 
L 38-31 UCF @ BH Networks Stadium
Next Game: vs. Marshall @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  40-14 Boise State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

 

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

 

 

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