Week 15 TAM Rankings: Big Win in Egg Bowl for Rebels Moves Them to First

ole miss helmet blueWhat a bounce back week for the Rebels of Ole Miss.  After the most disappointing performance of the season, Ole Miss knocked off in-state rival Mississippi State to win the Battle for the Golden Egg.  Thanks to Jaylen Walton’s career high 148 yards on the ground, the Rebels were able to salvage a season that appeared to be taking a turn for the worst.

Mississippi State ends their remarkable season with back to back SEC losses, and cannot lay claim to a SEC West Co-Championship.  The loss also means that the Bulldogs have to share the top spot in this week’s ranking with their arch nemesis.

Memphis won this week making them American Athletic Conference Champions (Let that sink in.  This is the Tigers first football conference championship since 1971.)

Arkansas failed to get their third straight conference win as they fell to Missouri despite leading for most of the game.

Tennessee held on to beat rival Vanderbilt despite only 92 passing yards.  The Vols managed to get three interceptions in route to their seven point victory.  Beating Vandy gave Tennessee six wins and made them bowl eligible for the first time since 2010.  Vanderbilt managed to lose all of their conference games for the first time since 2009.

MTSU fell to UTEP this week making it the Blue Raiders third lost in their last four games, while Arkansas State snapped their two game losing streak by blowing out New Mexico State.

Southern Mississippi made history this week in their loss to UAB.  The Blazers have fired their AD and are eliminating all sports programs so the Golden Eagles will go down in history as the last football team UAB beat.

No TAM teams are playing this week so there is no TAM Game of the Week.

Next up for the TAM teams is bowl season.  Bowl season is going to be a blast as seven of the nine TAM teams are bowl eligible this year.

Without further ado, here are week fifteen’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. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (10-2):
Last Game: 
L 31-17 vs. Ole Miss @Vaught Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 
38-23 vs. Auburn @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-17 vs. Ole Miss @Vaught Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 2 (Southern Miss and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

T1.  ole_miss logoOle Miss (9-3):
Last Game: 
W 31-17 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-17 vs. Mississippi State @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

3.   memphis-tigers logoMemphis (9-3):
Last Game:
 W 41-10 vs. UCONN @ 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)

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (6-6):
Last Game: 
L 21-14 vs. Missouri @ Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 
30-0 vs. Ole Miss @ Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

5. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (6-6):
Last Game: W 24-17 vs. Vanderbilt @ Vanderbilt 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, Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (7-5):
Last Game: W 68-35 vs. New Mexico 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 (6-6):
Last Game: 
L 24-21 vs. UTEP @ Sun Bowl 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 (3-9):
Last Game: 
L 24-17 vs. Tennessee @ 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, Tennessee)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (3-9):
Last Game: 
L 45-24 vs UAB @ M.M. Roberts 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 
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