Week 11 TAM Rankings: Loss Knocks Rebels Out of Playoff

miss state blanketIt was another unpredictable week for the TAM teams with some getting key victories, others pulling off major upsets, and one with suffering a back breaking loss.

At the top of the rankings sits one of three undefeated teams left in the nation.  Mississippi State took another underdog’s best shot when they took on SEC West Rival and fellow TAM team Arkansas.  The Razorbacks took an early 10 point lead, but allowed 17 unanswered points to fall in heartbreaking fashion for the fifth time in conference play this season.

While we are on the topic of heartbreaking losses Ole Miss all but lost their shot at a playoff birth with a loss to Auburn.  On one play the Rebels lost the game and star receiver Laquon Treadwell.  Yet, the Rebels have pretty much guaranteed themselves a top two finish in these rankings because of their record and wins over Tennessee, Memphis, and Vanderbilt.

Memphis recovered from a slow start on Halloween night to knock off Tulsa and now sits at the top of the American standings (thanks to losses by East Carolina and UCF).  The Tigers are now one win away from bowl eligibility.

Tennessee knocked off South Carolina in overtime making this the second straight year the Vols have beaten the Gamecocks.

MTSU was throttled by a motivated BYU team while Arkansas State got back to their winning ways against Idaho.

The Golden Eagles turned the ball over five times in route to another blowout loss on the season.  Southern Mississippi is one loss away from becoming ineligible for a bowl.

Vanderbilt kept its bowl hopes alive by manhandling Old Dominion at home.

It is November so every game is meaningful from this point on, but there can only be one TAME Game of the Week.  That honor belongs to Memphis who can lay claim to a share of the American Championship if they win out.  The Tigers face a Temple team who beat Vanderbilt earlier this year and just got a win over East Carolina.

The bowl picture is becoming clearer with every passing week and all of the TAM teams still have a chance to become bowl eligible.

Without further ado, here are week ten’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 (8-0):
Last Game: 
W 17-10 Arkansas @ 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 (7-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-31 vs. Auburn @ 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

  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-5):
Last Game: 
W 45-42 (OT) vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice 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

4.   memphis-tigers logoMemphis (5-3):
Last Game: W 40-20 vs. Tulsa @ 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)

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. MTSU LogoMTSU (5-4):
Last Game: 
L 27-7 vs. MTSU @ 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)

  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (5-3):
Last Game: W 44-28 vs. Idaho @ Kibbie Dome
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)

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-6):
Last Game: 
W 42-28 vs. Old Dominion @ 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 (3-6):
Last Game: 
L 35-14 vs. UTEP @ Sun 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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