Week 5 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss stays No. 1 after Alabama loss

Ole_Miss_Walk_Of_Champions Despite their shutout loss to Alabama, the Rebels are still the best TAM team in this week’s rankings thanks in large part to the rough starts the other teams are having.

Arkansas is now reeling after losing two straight games, and they have a brutal three game stretch (at Florida, vs. South Carolina, and at Alabama) which might see the Razorbacks fall to 3-5 on the year.

Tennessee and Vanderbilt did what they have all year, and that is beat up on weaker competition.  However, both teams will face steep competition in their contests this week.

Tennessee will get a Georgia team still high off of their win against LSU, while the Commodores get the undefeated Missouri Tigers this week.  The same Missouri Tigers that just finished beating up on fellow TAM team Arkansas State.

MTSU is looking to remain in the Conference USA Championship hunt win they take on new divisional rival East Carolina.  While Memphis and Mississippi State are both coming off bye weeks.

There are several interesting games featuring TAM teams this week, but none have more “Toilet Bowl” implications than Southern Mississippi versus Florida International.  They both enter the contest 0-4 and are seeking their first win of the season.  This is the Golden Eagles only shot at a win this year, so a loss to the hapless Golden Panthers could result in another winless year for Southern Mississippi.

However, the game of the week has to be Georgia versus Tennessee.  It is not often that the No. 6 team in the nation visits your stadium, and if the Vols could pull off the upset, this game might impress the voters enough to move Tennessee to the top of the TAM rankings.

It is sure to be another interesting week of football for the TAM teams.

Without further ado here are week five’s TAM Rankings…

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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (3-1):
Last Game:
L 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:
44-23 vs. Texas @ Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-2):
Last Game:
W 52-24 vs. UAB @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 38-3 vs. APSU @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
39-35 vs. Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3. Arkansas logoArkansas (3-2):
Last Game:
L 45-33 vs. Texas A&M @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Rutgers @ High Point Solutions Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-2):
Last Game:
W 31-24 vs. South Alabama @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 45-0 vs. APSU @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (2-2):
Last Game:
W 62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 24-20 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-2):
Last Game:
L 37-10 vs. BYU @ LaVell Edwards Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 40-20 vs. UNC @ Kenan Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  memphis-tigers_logo2Memphis (1-2):
Last Game:
W 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-3):
Last Game:
L 41-19 vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-4):
Last Game:
L 60-7 vs. Boise State @ Bronco Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 22-15 Texas Southern @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

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

 

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