Week 10 TAM Rankings: Season is coming to an end for TAM teams

The college football season is coming to an end, and with only three games left in the regular season our TAM teams continue to be tested.  Even though Mississippi State got off to a TAM team best 7-0 mark (and rocked some nice all white uniforms this week), they are beginning to fall back to reality suffering losses in consecutive weeks.  To make matters worse, the Bulldogs have to travel to Tiger Stadium to take on an upset LSU team fresh of a heartbreaking loss to Alabama.  It is fitting that the two teams tied for second in the rankings face off this week when Vanderbilt takes on Ole Miss.  Both teams are a win shy of bowl eligibility, so expect a heavily contested game.  Arkansas State finds themselves in the driver’s seat for a second Sun Belt Championship thanks to a Louisiana-Monroe loss on Saturday.  All the Red Wolves have to do is win out and they will be champions, but in doing so they will have to beat the Warhawks this week.  Sun Belt rival and fellow TAM team member MTSU would love to see a Red Wolves win because that would mean a potential end of the year show down between Arkansas State and the Blue Raiders for the conference title.  Tennessee and Arkansas continue to disappoint us all as both teams struggled to get wins against lesser competition on Saturday.  Memphis and Southern Mississippi continue to loss and are on pace to make the “Black and Blue Bowl” one of the worst in decades.

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 (7-2): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
L 38-13 Texas A&M @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  38-13 Texas A&M @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Tennessee and MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

T2.  Ole Miss (5-4): Last week No. 2
Last Game:
L 37-10 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Next Game: vs. Vanderbilt @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:  30-27 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss:  66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

T2.  Vanderbilt (5-4): Last week No. 3
Last Game: 
W 40-0 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:  40-0 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Worst Loss: 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas State (6-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
W 37-19 North Texas @ Mean Green Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Louisiana-Monroe @ Liberty Bank 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

5.  MTSU (6-3): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
W 34-29 vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith Stadium
Next Game:  vs. South Alabama @ Ladd-Pebbles 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 (MississippiState)

6.  Tennessee (4-5): Last week No. 6
Last Game:  
W 55-48 vs. Troy @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
vs. Missouri @ 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 (MississippiState)

7.  Arkansas (4-5): Last week No. 7
Last Game:
W 19-15 Tulsa @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game:  vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice 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

8.  Memphis (1-8): Last week No. 8
Last Game:
L 38-28 vs. Marshall @ Edwards Stadium
Next Game:
 vs. Tulane @ 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 (ArkansasState and MTSU)

9.  Southern Mississippi (0-9):  Last week No. 9
Last Game: 
L 27-19 UAB @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Next Game: vs. SMU @ Gerald Ford 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

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

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