Week 14 TAM Rankings: Arkansas Up Two Spots After Shutout Win Over Ole Miss

state gloveIt is time to give serious kudos to Coach Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks who notched their second straight conference win after going 0-17 the past three seasons.  Arkansas knocked off Ole Miss, giving them six wins on the year and making them bowl eligible.  The Razorbacks took a page out of the book of the infamous Land Shark defense and forced six turnovers in route to their second straight shutout victory against a divisional foe.

Poor Ole Miss.  They had an outside shot at a SEC West Title and a chance to jump into the College Football Playoffs.  However, the loss to Arkansas eliminated them from SEC Championship contention and the fact it was 30-0 just added insult to injury.

The Bulldogs pitched a shutout of their own against a nobody this week and are going into the Egg Bowl with all the momentum on their side (Vandy is the nobody that Mississippi State beat.  Since Vanderbilt is so bad they only get a parenthesis not their own paragraph this week.  Sorry ‘Dores fans.)

Tennessee gave Missouri everything they could handle, but ended up falling just short.  The Vols need to win their final game of the season to gain bowl eligibility.  Thankfully they get the same nobody Mississippi State just beat 51-0.

Memphis won this week, keeping their hopes at an American Championship alive.  All the Tigers have to do is beat UCONN and they will at least a share of the AAC Championship.

MTSU snapped their two game losing streak by knocking off Florida Atlantic in the waning moments of their contest.  With that win the Blue Raiders have become bowl eligible.

Arkansas State suffered their second straight loss as they watched Texas State run all over the field.  The Red Wolves gave up 370 yards on the ground in route to their 18 point loss.

Southern Mississippi managed to escape defeat this week thanks in large part to the Golden Eagles bye week.

It is thanksgiving weekend and there is one obvious choice for the TAM Game of the Week, Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss.  The famed Battle for the Golden Egg has lost some of its luster thanks to the Rebels downfall, but Mississippi State can still get a share of the SEC West Championship and remain in the hunt for the College Football Playoffs

Without further ado, here are week fourteen’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 (10-1):
Last Game: 
W 51-0 vs. Vanderbilt @ Davis Wade 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.  Arkansas logoArkansas (6-5):
Last Game: 
W 30-0 vs. Ole Miss @ Reynolds Razorback 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)

3.  memphis-tigers logo Memphis (8-3):
Last Game:
 W 31-20 vs. USF @ 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.  ole_miss logo Ole Miss (8-3):
Last Game: 
L 30-0 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium 
Best Win: 
23-17 vs. Alabama @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 30-0 vs. Arkansas @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 3 (Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

5. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (5-6):
Last Game: 
L 29-21 vs. Missouri @ 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 (6-5):
Last Game: L 45-27 vs. Texas Southern @ Bobcat 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 (6-5):
Last Game: 
W 35-34 vs. Florida Atlantic @ Johnny 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 (3-8):
Last Game: 
L 51-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade 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)

 

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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: College Football Awards Edition

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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)

 

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CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him 
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MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: Memphis Tigers Bowl Destination Edition

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Five Reason Why Memphis Football Will Win The AAC Championship

No. 40 Alan Cross of the Memphis Tigers celebrates with quarter back No. 12 Paxton Lynch after rushing for a 1 yard touchdown against SMU.  Cross leads the Tigers in receiving touchdowns with three on the year including one for 50 yards.  The University of Memphis football team is bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.   (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

No. 40 Alan Cross of the Memphis Tigers celebrates with quarter back No. 12 Paxton Lynch after rushing for a 1 yard touchdown against SMU. Cross leads the Tigers in receiving touchdowns with three on the year including one for 50 yards. The University of Memphis football team is bowl eligible for the first time since 2008. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

For the first since 2008, the University of Memphis is bowl eligible.  It was a long and arduous path back to bowl eligibility for the much beloved Tigers full of embarrassing losses, a coaching change, and a jump (albeit for one year) to a BCS automatic bid conference.

The Tigers have gone 12-48 since their last trip to a bowl six years ago, but they are currently 6-3 on the year and Memphis fans everywhere are rejoicing.

Yet why merely settle for bowl eligibility?  This team should set their sights on something much more significant, a conference championship.

This was unexpected to say the least, especially since the Tigers are in just their second season of the American Athletic Conference.  With the Cougars loss to Tulane, all Memphis has to do is win out and they will get at least a share of the American Championship.

A conference championship would be historic for a Memphis program that last one a championship as a part of the Missouri Valley Conference way back when.

Five Reasons Why the Tigers Football Team Will Win the American Athletic Conference Championship:

1.  Favorable schedule down the stretch
To say the Tigers have an easy final three games of the year is disrespectful to USF, UCONN, and Tulane.  After all, they have scholarship players like Memphis and pride on the line also.  However, compared to the opponents Memphis had to start the year (Ole Miss and UCLA especially), the final three games of the year are, for lack of a better word, easy.

The Huskies and Tulane sit at the bottom of the American standings, and the Tigers final three opponents are a combined 9-19.

Not only is Memphis facing three overmatched teams, 2 of those games are at home.  The schedule could not be set up better for a six gamewin streak to end the year, and a conference championship.

2.  No UCF or East Carolina on the schedule
The scheduling gods really favored Memphis this year allowing the Tigers to avoid two of the best teams in the American.

The Pirates of East Carolina are ridding the nation’s third best passing attack all the way to an impressive 6-2 record, and had it not been for five turnovers in Philadelphia, ECU would still be undefeated in conference play.

UCF sits at 5-3 with respectable losses to Penn St. in Dublin by two points, and a Mizzo team that currently sits atop the SEC East.  The Knights were bitten by the turnover bug much like ECU, surrendering four turnovers in route to their only loss in AAC play.

Since Memphis currently holds the tie breaker over Cincinnati (who also only has one loss), and avoids both ECU and UCF, should the Tigers win out they are guaranteed at least a share of the American Conference Championship.  By the way, ECU and UCF play at the end of the year so one of them is guaranteed to lose one more game.

3.  The Tigers run game seems to be unstoppable
It has been a while since we have seen the University of Memphis field an offense this potent.  This is an offense that is currently fourth in the American in passing yards per game (240.7 ypg) thanks to the maturation of Paxton Lynch.

However it is the Tigers ground game that is proving to be among the best in the nation.  Memphis currently leads the conference in rushing with 192.2 ypg.  That is quite the feat considering that Memphis only managed 23 rushing yards against Ole Miss earlier in the season.  If you ignore that particular game the Tigers average rushing yards per game jumps to 213.4 ypg.  Brandon Hayes leads the way for Memphis with his burst and power averaging 102.3 ypg on the ground.  Opponents will have their hands full trying to stop Hayes the rest of the season.

4.  Defense is really stepping up
If the old saying is true, and defense really does win championships, the Tigers are in stupendous shape.  They have given up three touchdowns in a game just four times, and one of those was during the Tulsa game with the backups in.   Two of the teams to score at least three touchdowns on this tenacious Tigers defense are currently ranked in the top 20 of the College Football Playoff Rankings (No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 18 UCLA).  Memphis is allowing opponents to score just under 19 points per contest which is good for 13th best in the nation.

The Tigers are second in the American in tackles for loss thanks in part to star linebacker Tank Jakes’ 12 tackles for loss on the season (also good for second in the American).   Their ability to get penetration and make plays behind the line of scrimmage is the main reason why Memphis sits third in the American in both passing and rushing yards allowed and second behind East Carolina in total yards allowed.

Should this defense continue to wreak havoc in opponents backfields offenses will continue to have a rough time scoring, and we all know that if you cannot score you cannot win.

5.  Justin Fuente
The job head coach Justin Fuente has done since taking over in 2012 is truly remarkable.  He inherited one of the worst programs in the nation and all he did was lead them to three straight wins down the stretch of his first season, giving the Tigers a .500 record in conference for the first time since 2008.

Then, right in the midst of his rebuilding efforts, Memphis made the jump from an easier Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, no easy task for a team that was as inexperienced as Memphis.

Even though the losses continued to pile up, fans saw signs of improvement.  Fuente had the Tigers within striking distance going into the fourth quarter much of last year, which is something people were not accustomed to seeing.  In fact, in three of the Tigers losses last season, Memphis was either leading or tied at some point in the fourth quarter.

This season Coach Fuente has gotten the program to turn the corner as is evident by the way they played on the road against UCLA and Ole Miss early in the year.  Memphis almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the college football season, but did not have enough to knock off the bruins in Pasadena.  The Ole Miss contest was a one possession game until the Rebels pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Fuente is proving that he is one of the best up and coming coaches in the sport, and has this team believing in themselves.  More importantly, he has the Tigers on the precipice of a conference championship, which is something nobody saw coming.

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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.

 

 

MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: College Football’s Best One Loss Team Edition

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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


3.
  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)


7. 
  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)

 

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

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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 (2-6):
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)

 

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