Week 13 TAM Rankings: All eyes are on the Egg Bowl this week

flimThere were several marquee match ups featuring TAM teams this past weekend with spectacular finishes, starting with the battle for Tennessee featuring the Commodores and the Vols in Neyland Stadium

A last second field goal lifted Vanderbilt over Tennessee giving the Commodores the satisfaction of eliminating their arch nemesis from bowl eligibility.  This also marked the first time the Commodores have defeated their instate rival in back to back years since doing it in the 1925 and 1926 seasons.

In another equally exciting game, Mississippi State got their first ever win on the road at Arkansas.  It took overtime to do it, but the Bulldogs kept their bowl hopes alive and set up a huge match up with the dreaded Rebels on the Thursday.

Speaking of Ole Miss, the Rebels faced yet another team currently ranked in the top five of the BCS rankings (Ole Miss has played three teams currently ranked in the BCS top five Alabama, Auburn, and Missouri).  Ole Miss came up short against the Tigers of Missouri, and now all eyes are on that showdown with Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

MTSU and Arkansas State both won this week effectively ensuring their bowl berths for this season, while the Memphis loss to Louisville eliminated them from bowl contention.

Southern Mississippi is looking at another historic season of losing.  The Golden Eagles are winless through 11 games thanks to a loss this week at the hands of fellow TAM team MTSU extending their losing streak to 23 games, and if they do not win this week it will be their second winless season.

Some weeks it is difficult to select the TAM game of the week, but not this week.  The Egg Bowl is by far and away the best game featuring TAM teams this week.  There is a lot at stake for the Bulldogs as a win makes them bowl eligible.  However, Ole Miss will do everything in their power to add to the disappointing season that Mississippi State is having.

The season is almost over so fans should savor every minute of college football that is left, even if your school is only playing for pride.  This is sure to be another week full of college football excitement.

Without further ado here are week thirteen’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 (7-4):
Last Game:
L 24-10 vs. Missouri @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (7-4):
Last Game:
W 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logo Mississippi State (5-6):
Last Game: 
W 24-17 vs. Arkansas @ War Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 
24-17 vs. Arkansas @ War Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-7):
Last Game: 
L 14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 
23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 
1 (Vanderbilt) 

5.  MTSU LogoMTSU (6-4):
Last Game: W 42-24 vs. Southern Mississippi @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
2 (Memphis and Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (7-4):
Last Game:
W 35-33 vs. Georgia State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7. memphis-tigers logo Memphis (3-7):
Last Game:
L  24-17 vs. Louisville @ Papa John’s Cardinal 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 logoArkansas (3-8):
Last Game:
L 34-24 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Ole Miss and Mississippi State)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-11):
Last Game: L 42-21 vs. MTSU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and MTSU)

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

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