Week 12 TAM Rankings: Vanderbilt is challenging Mississippi State for No. 1

This week was full of big wins, crushing losses, and a coaching change for the TAM teams.  Mississippi State remained perfect against TAM teams after defeating Arkansas in convincing fashion.  The Rebels are the only thing that stands between the Bulldogs and an undefeated TAM record.  Ole Miss needs to beat Mississippi State to become bowl eligible, so there is a lot on the line for this year’s Egg Bowl.  Vanderbilt beat Tennessee so bad that the Vols decided to fire their coach.  If Vanderbilt beats Wake Forest, and Mississippi State loses, the Commodores will end the year as the No. 1 TAM team.  Arkansas State has a late bye week to get ready for their Sun Belt showdown against MTSU, and if the Blue Raiders beat Troy  on Saturday, these two TAM teams will be playing in a defacto conference championship game.  Memphis is on a two game win streak after pummeling UAB, and the Tigers have a chance to finish with a winning conference record.  All they have to do is beat the winless Golden Eagles in this year’s Black and Blue Bowl.

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 (8-3): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
W 45-14 Arkansas @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 28-10 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss:  38-13 Texas A&M @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Tennessee, MTSU, and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  Vanderbilt (7-4): Last week No. 2
Last Game: W 41-18  Tennessee @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  vs Wake Forest @ Groves Stadium
Best Win:  41-18  Tennessee @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 48-3 Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Ole Miss and Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  Arkansas State (8-3): Last week No. 3
Last Game:  W 41-34 vs. Troy @ Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium
Next Game:  vs. MTSU @ Liberty Bank 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 (7-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game:  W 20-12 vs. South Alabama @ Ladd-Pebbles Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bank
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 (5-6): Last week No. 5
Last Game:  L 41-35 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Next Game: vs. Mississippi State @ 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: 1 (Vanderbilt)

T6.  Tennessee (4-7): Last week No. 6
Last Game:  L 41-18  vs. Vanderbilt @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Kentucky @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 35-21 vs. North Carolina State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss:  41-18  vs. Vanderbilt @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Mississippi State and Vanderbilt)

T6.  Arkansas (4-7): Last week No. 7
Last Game: L 45-14 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Next Game:  vs. LSU @ Razorback 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 (3-8): Last week No. 8
Last Game:  W 46-9 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Next Game: vs. Southern Mississippi @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 46-9 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
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 (0-11):  Last week No. 9
Last Game:  L 34-33 UTEP @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial 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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