Week 13 TAM Rankings: New No. 1 thanks to Ole Miss defeating Mississippi State

There is a new number one TAM team this week for the fourth time this season, and nobody saw this coming at the start of the year.  Vanderbilt now sits alone at the top of the TAM rankings thanks to an impressive 8-4 record and a win by Ole Miss over former No. 1 Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs drop one spot after their embarrassing loss to the arch rival Rebels, who jump both Sun Belt teams to secure No. 3 in the rankings.  Speaking of the Sun Belt Conference, MTSU and Arkansas State  square off on Saturday to determine the conference champion. Tennessee started a new win streak against Kentucky to end the year with a win. Memphis also ended their year on a good note with their third straight win.  Arkansas finished one of the most disappointing seasons in TAM history with a hard-fought loss to LSU, while Southern Mississippi could not find a way to muster up any wins on the year. 

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.  Vanderbilt (8-4): Last week No. 2
Last Game: 
W 55-21 vs. Wake Forest @ Groves Stadium
Next Game: 
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

2. Mississippi State (8-4): Last week No. 1
Last Game:
L 41-24 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game: 
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: 1 (Ole Miss)

3.  Ole Miss (6-6): Last week No. 5
Last Game: 
W 41-24 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Next Game:
Best Win:  41-24 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss:  66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and Mississippi State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)

4.  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

5.  MTSU (8-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
W 24-21 vs. Troy @ Floyd 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)

6.  Tennessee (5-7): Last week No. 6
Last Game: 
W 37-17 vs. Kentucky @ Neyland Stadium
Next Game: 
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 (MississippiState and Vanderbilt)

7.  Memphis (4-8): Last week No. 8
Last Game:  W 42-24 vs. So. Miss @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Next Game:
Best Win: 46-9 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Worst Loss:  20-17 vs. UT-Martin @ Liberty Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams:  2 (Arkansas State and MTSU)

8.  Arkansas (4-8): Last week No. 6
Last Game:
L 20-13 vs. LSU @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game: 
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: 2 (Ole Miss and Mississippi State)

9.  Southern Mississippi (0-12):  Last week No. 9
Last Game: 
L 42-24 Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Next Game: 
Best Win:  N/A
Worst Loss:  40-14 Boise State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

 

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

 

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