Week 9 TAM Rankings: Bulldogs stay No. 1 despite loss

Welcome to our special Halloween edition of the TAM rankings where the scariest thing you can be is a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.  Alabama is 4-0 against our TAM teams so far this season winning by an average margin of 33.25 points.  Mississippi State found out just how good Alabama is this year on Saturday as the Crimson Tide almost shut them out, and held the Bulldogs to a season low seven points.  However, the loss did not affect Mississippi State in our rankings and the Bulldogs remain the best TAM team.  Ole Miss avoided a scare of their own and pulled of a great last second win against fellow TAM team Arkansas to solidify them as the No. 2 team in the rankings.  The Rebels are just one win away from bowl eligibility.  Vanderbilt has won three of their last four games, and should get another win this week when they take on Kentucky.  MTSU and Arkansas State both won last week to keep their Sun Belt Championship hopes alive.  Tennessee gave the Gamecocks a good fright, but could not quite pull of the upset against South Carolina, and Derek Dooley’s seat continues to get hotter everyday.  There is nothing terrifying about the bottom two teams in the rankings, except their records.  Southern Mississippi is dangerously close to going winless on the year thanks to their 44-17 beat down at the hands of Rice.  While Memphis continued their losing ways this week and now have a 1-7 record after a loss to SMU. The Tigers join the Golden Eagles as the first two teams in the TAM rankings so far to become bowl ineligible

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

2.  Ole Miss (5-3): Last week No. 2
Last Game:
W 30-27 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game: vs. Georgia @ Sanford Stadium
Best Win:  30-27 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss:  L 66-31 Texas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  Vanderbilt (4-4): Last week No. 3
Last Game: 
W 49-7 vs. UMASS @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Next Game:  
vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth 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 (5-3): Last week No. 4
Last Game: 
W 50-27 Louisiana Lafayette @ Cajun Field
Next Game:  vs. North Texas @ Mean Green 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 (5-3): Last week No. 7
Last Game: 
W 38-21 vs. North Texas @ Floyd Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Western Kentucky @ Smith 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 (3-5): Last week No. 6
Last Game:  
L 38-35 vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Next Game: 
vs. Troy @ 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 (3-5): Last week No. 5
Last Game:
L 30-27 vs. Ole Miss @ Razorback Stadium
Next Game:  vs. Tulsa @ 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: N/A

8.  Memphis (1-7): Last week No. 8
Last Game:
L 44-13 vs. SMU @ Gerald Ford Stadium
Next Game:
 vs. Marshall @ Edwards 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 (0-8):  Last week No. 9
Last Game: 
L 44-17 Rice @ Rice Stadium
Next Game: vs. UAB @ 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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