Week 13 TAM Rankings: Mississippi State Remains No. 1 After Loss To Bama

state cakeIt was quite the weekend for our TAM teams, and we will start with Mississippi State.

The last unbeaten TAM team fell in Tuscaloosa on Saturday as the Bulldogs just did not have enough to knock off mighty Alabama.  Dak Prescott threw three interceptions in the loss to the Crimson Tide.  However, even with their first loss the Bulldogs remain the top team in the TAM Rankings.

Ole Miss now controls their destiny in their quest to be the best TAM team thanks to the Bulldogs loss.  A win this week versus Arkansas will set up a showdown of monumental proportions in the Egg Bowl.

Speaking of Arkansas, the Razorbacks finally got their first SEC win of Bret Bielema’s tenure.  The Razorbacks last SEC victory came against Kentucky October 13, 2012.

Tennessee also got a much needed win this week throttling Kentucky.  With their wins this week both the Vols and Razorbacks each need one more win to reach bowl eligibility.

Memphis won their fourth straight contest, keeping them in contention for the American Athletic Championship.  The last time the Tigers won four straight games was 2003 when some guy by the name of DeAngelo Williams was in the backfield.

MTSU suffered four costly turnovers and got outscored 21-7 in the second half in route to their loss to FIU.  While Arkansas State fell to Appalachian State all but ending their chances at a Sun Belt Championship.

Thanks to a bye week Vandy managed to avoid losing, but Southern Mississippi was not as fortunate falling to UTSA.

This week’s TAM Game of the Week belongs to none other than Ole Miss vs. Arkansas.  The Rebels are still in contention for a SEC West Championship, but they need to win out and get some help from other teams.  Arkansas is trying to build on their first SEC win in ages and become bowl eligible.

Only two weeks remain in the regular season and the TAM teams are ready to end the season on a good note.

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. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (9-1):
Last Game: 
L 25-20 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-20 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
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 Presbyterian College @ 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 (7-3):
Last Game:
 W 38-7 vs. Tulane @ Benson 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.   Arkansas logoArkansas (5-5):
Last Game: 
W 17-0 vs LSU @ Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 
17-0 vs LSU @ Reynolds Razorback 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)

5. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (5-5):
Last Game: 
W 50-16 vs. Kentucky @ Neyland 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

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (6-4):
Last Game: L 37-32 vs. Appalachian State @ Centennial 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 (5-5):
Last Game: 
L 38-28 vs. FIU @ FIU 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 (3-8):
Last Game: 
L 12-10 vs. UTSA @ Alamodome Stadium
Best Win: W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Worst Loss: 12-10 vs. UTSA @ Alamodome 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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