Week 7 TAM Rankings: Mississippi Schools Are Tied For First

miss license plateThose two schools in Mississippi just keep on rolling and are cementing themselves as two of the best teams in the nation.  More importantly they are clearly the two best teams in these rankings and are tied this week for the number one overall spot.

Ole Miss destroyed a Texas A&M squad that many anointed SEC West Champions after the first week of the season.  It was 35-7 before Hugh Freeze called off the dogs and let the reserves have some fun.

Not to be outdone by their instate rival, Mississippi State forced Auburn to commit two turnovers on their first two plays from scrimmage in route to a 15 point victory over last year’s SEC Champions.

Arkansas suffered another close loss this time at the hands of Alabama after leading most of the game.  The dominate Razorbacks rushing attack was held to just 89 total rushing yards, and managed five rushing yards the entire second half.  This is the Razorbacks fifteenth straight conference loss, and coach Bret Bielema is still looking for his first SEC win.

Tennessee bounced back nicely against UT Chattanooga.  They will get to pick on somebody their own size this week when they face fellow TAM team Ole Miss on Saturday.

After looking like one of the best teams outside the “Power Five”, Memphis came back down to Earth Saturday.  Paxton Lynch and company suffered their first loss to a team outside of the AP’s Top 25 Poll when Houston came to town.  Memphis was playing mistake free football up until their five turnover performance on Saturday.

Arkansas State manhandled Georgia State, while Rakeem Cato and Marshall proved to be too much for MTSU to handle.

Vandy played one of the best FCS teams in the nation and came away with a one point victory.  Southern Mississippi was off this week, and look to get a much needed win against North Texas Saturday.

There are a slew of games featuring TAM teams worth watching this week, but Tennessee vs. Ole Miss is the TAM Game of the Week.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State are both bowl eligible and you can expect a few more TAM teams to join them when it is all said and done.

Without further ado, here are week seven’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.

T1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (6-0):
Last Game: 
W 35-20 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Memphis and Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

T1. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (6-0):
Last Game: 
W 38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-3):
Last Game: 
L 14-13 vs. Alabama @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 
49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Worst Loss: L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-3):
Last Game:
W 45-10 vs. UT Chattanooga @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5. memphis-tigers logoMemphis (3-3):
Last Game:
 L 28-24 vs. Houston @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 41-14 vs. Cincinnati @ Paul Brown Stadium 
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Houston @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (4-2):

Last Game: W 52-10 vs. Georgia Southern @ Georgia Dome
Best Win: 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-19 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)

 MTSU LogoMTSU (4-3):
Last Game: 
L 49-24 vs. Marshall @ Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (2-5):
Last Game: 
L 21-20 vs. Charleston Southern @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 34-31 vs. UMass @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (2-4):
Last Game: 
L 37-31 vs. MTSU @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Mississippi State and MTSU)



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

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