Week 11 TAM Rankings: Three TAM teams still trying to become bowl eligible

Bowl season is almost here and four TAM teams are now bowl eligible after last week’s games.  Mississippi State is bowl eligible and remains No. 1 in the rankings despite their third consecutive loss by 20 points or more.  They hope to stop their losing streak when they play a desperate Razorbacks team fighting for bowl eligibility.  Vanderbilt is going to consecutive bowls for the first time in the school’s history thanks to their one point win over Ole Miss.  The Rebels loss dropped them two spots in the rankings, and now they have to win one of their last two games (LSU and Mississippi State) to be bowl eligible in Hugh Freeze’s first season as head coach.  Arkansas State and MTSU are headed for an end of the year Sun Belt showdown to decide the conference champion, while Tennessee needs to win out to become bowl eligible.  The only bowl Memphis and Southern Mississippi can go to this season is the “Black and Blue Bowl”.  Southern Mississippi still has not won a game all season and Memphis is just 2-10.  So the “Black and Blue Bowl” should change its name to the “Toilet Bowl” because it may decide who is the worst team in college football.

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 (7-3): Last week No. 1
Last Game: 
L 37-17 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Arkansas @ Davis Wade 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

2.  Vanderbilt (6-4): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  W 27-26 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Tennessee @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win:  27-26 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  Arkansas State (7-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game:  W 45-23 vs. Louisiana-Monroe @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Troy @ Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
Best Win:  45-23 vs. Louisiana-Monroe @ 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

4.  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 (Mississippi State)

5.  Ole Miss (5-5): Last week No. 2
Last Game:  L 27-26 vs. Vanderbilt @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game: vs. LSU @ Tiger 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: 1 (Vanderbilt)

6.  Tennessee (4-6): Last week No. 6
Last Game:  L vs. Missouri @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Vanderbilt @ Vanderbilt 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.  Arkansas (4-6): Last week No. 7
Last Game: 38-20 vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade 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: 1 (Ole Miss)

8.  Memphis (2-8): Last week No. 8
Last Game:  W 37-23 vs. Tulane @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Next Game:  vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Best Win: 37-23 vs. Tulane @ 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 (0-10):  Last week No. 9
Last Game:  L 34-6 vs. SMU @ Gerald Ford Stadium
Next Game:  UTEP @ 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


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


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