Week 12 TAM Rankings: Memphis Tigers Become Bowl Eligible for the First Time Since 2008

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a new bowl eligible TAM team, and you might not believe who it is.

The Memphis Tigers have become bowl eligible for the first time in six years with their win Friday night over Temple.  It was an ugly game as the Tigers were held under 20 points for just the second time all year, yet Memphis found a way on a last second field goal to not only become bowl eligible, but stay in contention for the American Championship.

The Bulldogs and the Rebels both handled overmatched opponents this week.  Ole Miss returned to their winning ways, trouncing the Purple Hose 48 to nothing, while Mississippi State remained undefeated by beating UT Martin.

Arkansas, MTSU, and Tennessee all had bye weeks Saturday, while Arkansas State also managed to become bowl eligible after rolling over South Alabama.

Both Vanderbilt and Southern Mississippi were demolished in their contests by Florida and Marshall respectively. These two losses cement the Commodores and Golden Eagles as the worst TAM teams, but more importantly, the losses eliminate both teams from bowl contention.

This week’s TAM Game of the Week belongs to Mississippi State vs. Alabama.  A win this week gives the Bulldogs the SEC West crown and all but ensures them a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

There are only a few weeks left in the college football season and the TAM teams are really separating themselves from everyone else.

Without further ado, here are week twelve’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. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (9-0):
Last Game: 
W 45-16 vs UT Martin @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Southern Miss and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2.  ole_miss logoOle Miss (8-2):
Last Game: 
W 48-0 vs. Presbyterian @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 10-7 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (6-3):
Last Game:
 W 16-13 vs. Temple @ Licoln Financial Field
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)

4.   University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-5):
Last Game: 
W 45-42 (OT) vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Best Win: 45-42 (OT) vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.   Arkansas logoArkansas (4-5):
Last Game: 
L 17-10 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade 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: 1 (Mississippi State)

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (6-3):
Last Game: 
W 45-10 vs. South Alabama @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 
21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 
55-40 vs LA Lafayette @ Cajun Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 
1 (Tennessee)

7.   MTSU LogoMTSU (5-4):
Last Game: 
L 27-7 vs. BYU @ Floyd 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 (3-7):
Last Game: 
L 34-10 vs. Florida @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 42-28 vs. Old Dominion @ 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 (3-7):
Last Game: 
L 63-17 vs.Marshall @ M.M. Roberts 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)

 

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

 

 

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