Week 8 TAM Football Rankings: No. 1 stays the same but everyone else moves

There is a lot of movement in the rankings this week thanks to some impressive wins and equally impressive losses.  A 42 point victory over fellow TAM team MTSU cemented Mississippi State as the best TAM team so far this season.  Ole Miss moved up without having to play anybody, and the Rebels face a Razorbacks squad who is also coming off of a bye week.  Arkansas seems to have regrouped after their four game losing streak, but will need to keep winning if they want to make it to bowl eligibility.  Three of their last five games are against top 15 competition.  Vanderbilt is up a spot from last week after beating a struggling Auburn team, while Arkansas State moves up three spots and prepares for a tough in conference game against Louisiana Lafayette.  Tennessee dropped four spots because of another embarrassing loss under Coach Dooley.  The Vols followed up their disappointing loss to Mississippi State with an embarassing 31 point loss to Alabama.  Speaking of embarrassing losses, MTSU could only muster three points against Mississippi State.  Memphis lost another home game, but still has a chance to get to bowl eligibility.  Southern Mississippi, on the other hand, is winless and at 0-7 the Golden Eagles have no chance to make a bowl this season.

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 (7-0): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
W 45-3 MTSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Tennessee and MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  Ole Miss (4-3): Last week No. 3
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

3.  Vanderbilt (3-4): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
W 17-13 vs. Auburn @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. UMASS @ 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

4.  Arkansas State (4-3): Last week No. 7
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

5.  Arkansas (3-4): Last week No. 6
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

6.  Tennessee (3-4): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  
L 44-13 vs. Alabama @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice 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)

7.  MTSU (4-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
L 45-3 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. North Texas @ 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: 1 (Mississippi State)

8.  Memphis (1-6): Last week No. 8
Last Game:
L 35-17 vs. UCF @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Next Game:
 vs. SMU @ Gerald Ford 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 (0-7):  Last week No. 9
Last Game: 
L 59-24 vs. Marshall @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Next Game: vs. Rice @ Rice 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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