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Week 10 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss Falls to LSU

msu_bulldog_nation_flag_53289smaThere were two undefeated TAM teams going into Saturday’s contests, and after the smoke settled there was only one.

After a heavily contested victory on the road against an improving Kentucky squad, Mississippi State is the only undefeated team in these rankings.

Ole Miss went into Tiger Stadium at night on a Saturday and played valiantly.  Unfortunately the Rebels just could not find a way to pull off the victory and fell to LSU.  Giving the Rebels their first loss of the season.  Even with that loss Ole Miss remains number two in the TAM Rankings.

Memphis came out firing on all cylinders against SMU, torching the Mustangs with 582 total yards and beating them by 38 points.

Arkansas got back to winning this week blasting lowly UAB.  More importantly the Razorbacks gave fans one of the greatest plays of the year.

Tennessee surrendered 20 first quarter points in route to a 14 point loss to Alabama, while Arkansas State fell to Louisiana Lafayette in a Tuesday night game.

MTSU rested this week to get ready for their matchup with BYU, and Southern Mississippi lost more than their game this week when starting quarterback Nick Mullens left the game with a foot injury.

With their loss to Missouri, Vanderbilt is one loss away from missing out on a bowl for the first time since 2010.

As always there are tons of great matchups featuring TAM teams.  Yet there can only be one TAM Game of the Week, and that distinction goes to Ole Miss versus Auburn.  The Rebels are coming off a heartbreaking loss, but have no time to sulk as a very talented Auburn team comes to town trying to keep their national title hopes alive.

We are a week closer to bowl season and the TAM teams are ready for a late season push towards bowl eligibility.

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 (7-0):
Last Game: 
W 45-31 @ Commonwealth 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


2.  ole_miss logoOle Miss (7-1):
Last Game: 
L 10-7 vs. LSU @ Tiger 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 (4-3):
Last Game:
 W 48-10 vs. SMU @ Gerald J. Ford 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 (4-4):
Last Game: 
W 45-17 vs. UAB @ 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


5.   University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-5):
Last Game: 
L 34-20 vs. Alabama @ 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


6. MTSU LogoMTSU (5-3):
Last Game: 
W 34-22 vs. UAB @ 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)


7. 
  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (4-3):
Last Game: L 55-40 vs LA Lafayette @ Cajun Field
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 (2-7):
Last Game: 
L 24-14 vs. Missouri @ Memorial 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 (3-5):
Last Game: 
L 31-20 vs. LA Tech @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)

 

SEE ALSO:


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

 

 

 

Top Five Indie Memphis Movies For Sports Fans

indie memphisThere are few annual events in Memphis bigger than the Indie Memphis Film Festival.  Serving as one of the best film festivals in the nation, Indie Memphis gives Memphians a chance to see some truly special films that they otherwise might not get the chance to see.

This year’s film selection has several outstanding movies with sports tie-ins, and below is a list of some of the best ones at this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival.

1. American Cheerleader
Day: Sunday, November 2
Time: 2:45 pm
Location:  Playhouse on the Square
First up on our list is this spectacular documentary.  In American Cheerleader, two separate high school cheerleading teams are followed and filmed as they practice and get ready to compete for the illustrious National High School Cheerleading Championship.  For more, check out the trailer:

2. Happy Valley
Day:  Saturday, November 1
Time: 9:15 pm
Location:  Studio on the Square
We all remember the scandal that that shook Penn State football to its core.  The Jerry Sandusky scandal led to an unprecedented series of events, including a NCAA mandated four year bowl ban and major scholarship losses for one of the proudest college football programs in the nation.  Said scandal also forced Penn State officials to fire legendary head coach Joe Paterno amid a firestorm of controversy.  This film takes an in depth look at the events that led to Sandusky’s arrest.  A real must see for all college football fans everywhere. For more, check out the trailer:

3.  Glena
Day:  Saturday, November 1
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  Circuit Playhouse
Glena is a sports documentary that will be shown at Indie Memphis that is truly like no other.  A woman who appears to have it all, Glena Avila decides to join the world of cage fighting with no background or training whatsoever.  She shocks opponent after opponent in the amateur ranks on her quest to live her dream and make to the professional ranks.  If you do not think this is going to be a great film, simply check out the preview below:

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Listen to Kevin Cerrito, Greg Akers, and Executive Director of Indie Memphis Eric Jambor discuss all of this years Indie Memphis Films

4.  Hoop Dreams
Day:  Sunday, November 2
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Hattiloo Theatre
Every now and then the folks at Indie Memphis like to give Memphians a look at a film that is far from new, yet still holds relevance in our society today, and Hoop Dreams is that movie this year.  For those who may not know, this film came out 20 years ago and follows two young men from Chicago, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they chase their dreams of becoming professional basketball players.  Both Agee and Gates will be in the house to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of this great film, and there will be a question and answer session following the film. Watch the trailer from 1989:

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5.  “They Live”
Day:  Friday, October 31
Time:  9:15 pm
Location:  Studio on the Square
One of John Carpenter’s earlier films, They Live follows a drifter who realizes that the ruling class is a bunch of aliens and that the Earth has in fact been invaded by these extraterrestrials.  The aliens are manipulating people, tricking humans into spending money, reproduce, and be satisfied with the monotony of everyday life.  Now you might be asking yourself where the sports element is in this film, after all aliens taking over the world does not exactly scream sports themed like the other movies.  The sports element for this film lies in the star of the movie.  Retired wrestler and WWE  Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a man on a quest to save the world. Watch the trailer:

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis Tigers Basketball Preview Edition

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Week 8 TAM Rankings: Bulldogs Unanimous Number One TAM Team

miss st helmetMississippi State and Ole Miss continue to dominate the college football landscape.  The Bulldogs had a well-deserved bye week, while the Rebels dominated in their contest against fellow TAM team Tennessee.  Ole Miss held the team from Rocky Top to just 191 yards of total offense, zero rushing yards, and just three points.

Tennessee was not the only TAM team to get throttled this week.  Arkansas allowed 31 second quarter points and trailed 38-6 at half time before Georgia stepped off of the gas.

Both Tennessee and Arkansas fell in the TAM Rankings because of their pitiful performances, which means Memphis moves on up to three.  This is the highest the Tigers have ever been ranked in these rankings.

Arkansas State and Vanderbilt had bye weeks as well, and MTSU returned to their winning ways by knockling off C-USA foe UAB.

Southern Mississippi managed to beat North Texas for their third win of the year.

This is another week full of awesome contests featuring TAM Teams, but there can only be one Game of the Week.  Ole Miss vs. LSU gets that distinction this week.  It is one thing to go into Tiger Stadium at night as the hunter, but the Rebels will not be the hunted on Saturday.  Vegas has the Rebs favored by three points in that game so a loss to LSU would be considered an upset.

It is that time of the year where teams begin to separate themselves from one another.  Here is hoping that your favorite TAM team makes you proud.

Without further ado, here are week eight’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 (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


2.  ole_miss logoOle Miss (7-0):
Last Game: 
W 34-3 vs Tennessee @Vaught Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


3.
  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)


4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-4):
Last Game: 
L 45-32 vs. UGA @ War Memorial 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


5.   University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-4):
Last Game: 
L 34-3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught Hemmingway 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: 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)


7. 
 MTSU LogoMTSU (5-3):
Last Game: 
W 34-22 vs. UAB @ 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 (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 (3-4):
Last Game: 
W 30-20 vs. North Texas @ Mean Green 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.

 

 

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


3.
  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)


7. 
 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)

 

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

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Week 6 TAM Rankings: All eyes on the state of Mississippi

_Ole_Miss__Umbre_4f2a88d925759The TAM teams showed up and showed out in a big way this weekend with three impressive wins

If you are looking for big wins look no further than the state of Mississippi. With ESPN College Gameday in Oxford and SEC Nation in Starkville both Ole Miss and Mississippi State had a chance to make emphatic statements.  They both faced elite competition and they both rose to the occasion in a monumental way.

The Bulldogs took Texas A&M to that area behind the proverbial woodshed and issued a thorough 17 point beat down.  Not to be out done by their archrival, Ole Miss knocked off big bad Bama in a thrilling game.  If these two teams continue their winning ways this year’s Egg Bowl will be for the SEC West crown (let that sink in nonbelievers).

Speaking of huge wins, Memphis (yes Memphis) destroyed rival Cincinnati giving the Tigers a huge in conference win and increasing their chances of becoming  bowl eligible for the first time in ages.

Tennessee played another close game coming up just short to archrival Florida, and poor ole Vanderbilt was little competition for Todd Gurley and Georgia.

MTSU took down fellow TAM team Southern Miss to solidify their place among the top teams in C-USA.

Arkansas State took care of business against LA Monroe and get the best team in the Sun Belt, Georgia Southern, next.

The Razorbacks had a bye week and get to face off with a Crimson Tide team that is going to be furious following their loss to Ole Miss.

All eyes will remain on Mississippi this week as Mississippi State gets another chance to prove themselves against the Auburn Tigers in the TAM Game of the Week.

The TAM teams are beginning to separate themselves from the pack and this week will be another opportunity for them to show what they can do.

Without further ado, here are week six’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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (5-0):
Last Game: 
W 23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
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

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (5-0):
Last Game: 
W 48-31 vs. Texas A&M @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T 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.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (3-2):
Last Game:
 W 41-14 vs. Cincinnati @ Paul Brown Stadium
Best Win: 41-14 vs. Cincinnati @ Paul Brown Stadium
Worst Loss: 24- 3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

5.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-3):
Last Game: 
L 10-9 vs. Florida @ 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

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (3-2):
Last Game: W 28-14 vs. LA Monroe @ Liberty Bank Stadium
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)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (4-2):
Last Game: 
W 37-31 vs. Southern Mississippi @ 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 (1-5):
Last Game: 
L 44-17 vs. UGA @ Sanford 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)

 

SEE ALSO:


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

 

Will this year’s Egg Bowl be for the SEC West crown?

Golden-eggFrom Alabama vs. Auburn to Notre Dame vs. USC,  rivalries drive the mania that is college football.

Every rivalry puts pride, respect, and bragging rights on the line.  However, the truly great rivalries catch the eye of the casual fans because they usually have national implications.

Why do folks who may not be Ohio State or Michigan fans pay attention to “The Game”, because it is usually (historically speaking) for the Big Ten Championship.  Why do people in California watch the “Red River Rivalry”?  They watch for the same reason we all watch, because that contest usually determines the winner of the Big 12.

Now there are some lesser rivalries that hold regional interest like “Clean Old Fashioned Hate”, the “Backyard Brawl”, and “The Civil War” all of which matter to their fan bases, but leaves something to be desired from a national perspective.

You can place “The Battle for the Golden Egg”, which Mid-South fans know is between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, in the category of rivalries that get regional interest, but lacks national luster.

Traditionally speaking, the two SEC schools that reside in Mississippi are not very good.  Over the past twenty years, Ole Miss has finished the season ranked in the AP poll only five times.  Mississippi State has not faired any better finishing the season ranked in the AP Poll four times since 1994.  Just once since the SEC added a championship game in 1992 has either school played for the SEC Championship (that was the Bulldogs in 1998). Also, the two schools have managed to get a share of the SEC West crown just twice in that time span (Mississippi State split with Arkansas in 1998 and Ole Miss split with LSU in 2003).

However, this season appears to be different for both schools, as they seem to be poised for a historic run through the SEC, which would set up the biggest Egg Bowl ever.

It is not outside of the realm of possibilities for this year’s Egg Bowl to be for the SEC West crown, and a chance to play in the SEC Championship.

Ole Miss has one of the nation’s best defenses.  They are holding opponents to 248 total yards (fourth in the nation) and allowing just 8.5 points per game (third in the nation) so far this season.  The emphasis Hugh Freeze’s staff has put on defense has the Rebels off to their first 4-0 start since 1970.

Meanwhile in Starkville, Dan Mullin has one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in all of college football, Dak Prescott.  After an injury plagued season last year, Prescott has returned healthier and better.  He accounts for 335 yards of total offense, and led the Bulldogs to their first win in Tiger Stadium since 1991.

An Egg Bowl for the SEC West crown would be exciting and well deserved for the fans of these two programs. No two programs have fans more deserving of a relevant rivalry than Ole Miss and Mississippi State.  They are every bit as rabid and crazed as the best schools in the SEC, and they do this while consistently residing in the SEC dweller. These are two fan bases that show up yearly in support of their programs, regardless of how well the Rebels and Bulldogs are doing. There are few programs that can say that.

It is easy to support programs that are always ranked and competes for conference championships year in and year out.  Those programs get bandwagon fans on top of their real fans along with the adoration of the national media.  ESPN College Gameday has never been to the state of Mississippi for anything, except to drive through it on their way to LSU, Auburn, or Alabama.  They have been to North Dakota twice!

Okay insert random SEC West school fan here I understand that neither Mississippi State nor Ole Miss has a winning record against you (except Texas A&M, the Bulldogs lead that series 4-3).  It is a rare occurrence for either Mississippi school (let alone both) to beat you in a season, but this might be the year.

If that happens, then the nation will have no choice but to pay attention to “The Battle for the Golden Egg”.

 

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

 

Week 5 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss remains No. 1 as GameDay and SEC Nation head to Mississippi

ole-miss-powder-blue-helmetsIt was a weekend of near wins and heartbreaking losses for TAM teams.

Arkansas dominated Texas A&M, who was the No. 6 team in the nation, for most of the game.  Yet, a late missed field goal immediately followed by a blown coverage assignment allowed Kenny “Trill” Hill and Texas A&M to force overtime. Subsequently, the Razorbacks wound up losing the game in overtime.

Speaking of close SEC football games, Tennessee gave Georgia all they could handle before losing the game by three points.  The Vols played admirably led by Jalen Hurd’s 119 yards on the ground and Justin Worley’s three touchdown passes.  Unfortunately that was not enough to knock off Todd Gurley and the Bulldogs.  Tennessee is now riding a 21 game losing streak on the road versus ranked opponents.

Memphis went on the road to face a ranked opponent of their own when they faced Ole Miss at Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium.  It was 7-3 for most of Saturday’s contest between these two Mid-South rivals.  Then the fourth quarter came and Ole Miss scored 17 unanswered points to put the Tigers away.

Mississippi State had the week off to prepare for Texas A&M, and Arkansas State got a much needed bye week as well.

MTSU bounced back nicely a week after their loss to Memphis, looking dominate against Old Dominion.

Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt continued their losing ways as Southern Miss fell to last year’s C-USA Champions Rice and Vandy gave Kentucky their first SEC win in 17 tries.

There are so many great games this week featuring TAM teams, but it is special whenever the No. 1 team in the nation comes to town.  Thus, this week’s TAM Game of the Week is none other than Ole Miss vs. Alabama.

It should be another pulse pounding week of TAM football as it is time for conference action this week.

Without further ado, here are week five’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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (4-0):
Last Game: 
W 24-3 vs. Mmephis @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Memphis and Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-0):
Last Game: 
W 34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win: 
34-29 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A


3.
 Arkansas logoArkansas (3-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-28 (OT) vs. Texas A&M @ AT&T 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 (2-2):
Last Game: 
L 35-32 vs UGA @ Sanford 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 (2-2):
Last Game:
 L 24- 3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 24- 3 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-2):
Last Game: W 21-14 vs Utah State (OT) @ Liberty Bank Stadium
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)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-2):
Last Game: 
W 48-21 vs. Old Dominion @ S.B. Ballard 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: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)


8. Vandy Logo Vanderbilt (1-4):
Last Game: 
L 17-7 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth 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 (2-3):
Last Game: 
L 41-23 vs. Rice @ 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: 1 (Mississippi State)

 

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