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 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.

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.

MSL’s Playing Hurt Podcast: MLB Playoff Edition

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Join MSL and HardBashin producer CJ Hurt and Sports 56 producer Drew Barrett as they take you on a sports odyssey during MSL‘s Playing Hurt Podcast.

 

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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)

 

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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 
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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.

 

Week 4 TAM Rankings: Mississippi State Remains Second Despite Big Win

ole miss cupWell, well, well. How about those Mississippi State Bulldogs?

Led by star quarterback Dak Prescott and a stingy defense, Dan Mullin’s boys won in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 1991.  Prescott ran for 105 yards and passed for 268 yard and two touchdowns.  The Bulldogs defense held LSU to just 3 points in the first three quarters.

Even though Mississippi State pulled off the biggest upset for a TAM team this young season, they remain second in the rankings behind Ole Miss, who along with Tennessee, had bye weeks this week.

In the TAM game of the week, Memphis continued to roll.  This time The Tigers took down in state rival, and fellow TAM team, MTSU.  Next up for Memphis is a showdown with Ole Miss.

It took overtime before the Red Wolves prevailed against Utah State, handing the Aggies their second loss (both losses came to TAM teams) of the season.

It was another close call for the young men of Southern Mississippi as they won their contest against Appalachian State by one point.

There was no let down for the Razorbacks, as they followed last week’s outstanding performance against Texas Tech with a 38 point win against Northern Illinois.

Vandy played better, but still lost to South Carolina.

This is another week full of great games for the TAM teams.   Among these great games is Arkansas vs. Texas A&M and Tennessee vs. UGA.  However, the TAM Game of the Week is down in the Grove, where the Ole Miss Rebels will take on the Memphis Tigers.

Another week has come and gone, and there are just two undefeated TAM teams left.
Without further ado, here are week four’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 (3-0):
Last Game: 
W 56-15 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium 
Best Win: 
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (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 (3-1):
Last Game: 
W 52-14 vs. Northern Illinois @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 
49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Worst Loss: 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-1):
Last Game: 
L 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial 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 (2-1):
Last Game:
 W 36-17 vs. MTSU @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

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 (2-2):
Last Game: 
L 36-17 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial 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 LogoVanderbilt (1-3):
Last Game: 
L 48-34 vs South Carolina @ 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 (2-2):
Last Game: 
W 21-20 vs Appalachian State @ 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.

Week 3 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss No. 1 Heading Into Their Bye Week

Ole Miss cupcakesIt was another solid week for the TAM teams.

Memphis was off on a bye week after a close contest with UCLA.  Next up for the Tigers is a TAM showdown with an MTSU team that knocked off a tough Western Kentucky team in three overtimes this week.

Tennessee strolled into Norman to face the No. 4 Sooners and fell way short of victory.  The Sooners put on a football clinic especial on defense when it came to rushing the passer. Justin Woorley was under constant pressure all night.  That pressure led to Woorley committing 3 turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble), he was also sacked five times, and completed just 48% of his passes.

The only other two TAM team to lose this week were Arkansas State and Southern Mississippi.  Both teams were overmatched, as the Golden Eagles got demolished by Alabama, while the Red Wolves fell to a Miami team that was still licking its wounds after their loss to Louisville.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss both took advantage of overmatched foes to remain undefeated on the year.

Arkansas proved to be too much for the Red Raiders of Texas Tech as the Razorbacks rattled off 438 rushing yards in route to their first win over a power five team in 13 tries.  That win, coupled with the Vols loss, led to the Razorbacks jumping to Tennessee for third in the rankings.

Vanderbilt looked sub-par again on Saturday, but the Commodores had just enough to rally late and beat UMass to give Vandy their first win of the year.

This week marks the start of conference play for the SEC teams in the TAM ranking, and all of them will face ranked opponents this week (except Ole Miss who has a bye week before playing Memphis).

Even though there are four games featuring TAM teams and ranked opponents, all eyes will be on Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday.  After almost knocking off the Bruins, fans are anxious to see if the Tigers can take care of business against an MTSU squad that almost won Conference USA last season.

Every week that passes brings us closer to the end of the college football season.

Without further ado, here are week three’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 (3-0):
Last Game:
W 56-15 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (3-0):
Last Game:
W 35-3 vs. USA @ Ladd-Pebbles Stadium
Best Win:
49-0 vs. Southern Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3. Arkansas logoArkansas (2-1):
Last Game:
W 49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Best Win:
49-28 vs. Texas Tech @ Jones AT&T Stadium
Worst Loss: 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-1):
Last Game:
L 34-10 vs. Oklahoma @ Memorial 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 (1-1):
Last Game:
L 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-2):
Last Game:
L 41-20 vs. Miami @ Sun Life Stadium
Best Win: 37-10 vs. Montana State @ 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 (2-1):
Last Game: W 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 50-47 (3 OT) vs. Western Kentucky @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (1-2):
Last Game:
W 34-31 vs. UMass @ 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 (1-2):
Last Game:
L 52-12 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny 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.

 

 

 

Week 2 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss Remains Number One

Ole miss cupsIt is not often that a loss is the most impressive performance in a week of TAM football.  Yet, that is the case this week as Memphis went into the Rose Bowl and pushed UCLA to the brink of defeat.

Coach Justin Fuente’s offense looks unstoppable, especially after quarterback Paxton Lynch threw for 305 yards and a touchdown in their 42-35 loss to UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

Next up for the Tigers is in state rival and fellow TAM team MTSU.

Speaking of the Blue Raiders, they also lost to a Power Five opponent this week when they went on the road to face Minnesota.

After looking sloppy in their week one win over Boise State, Ole Miss flexed their muscles this week against a Vanderbilt squad that looks nothing like the Commodores team that went 9-4 last season.  The Rebels only allowed three points and six completions (that is right quarterback Stephen Rivers completed just 1.5 passes a quarter against the Rebels) for 60 passing yards to Vandy in route to a 38 point win.

Ole Miss was not the only TAM team that decided to demolish their opponent this week.  Arkansas dropped 73 points on lowly Nicholls State, ending the longest losing streak in school history.

Mississippi State continued beating up on overmatched opponents with their victor over UAB, and Southern Mississippi won a surprisingly close game over Alcorn State.

Tennessee took advantage of fellow TAM team Arkansas State for the Vols second win of the year.  Things get a little bit tougher for them Volunteers as they go to Oklahoma this week.

There are some great games featuring TAM teams this week including Tennessee vs. Oklahoma.  However, Arkansas vs. Texas Tech is this week’s game of the week.  The Razorbacks are looking to get a win over a “Power Five” team for the first time since beating Kentucky on October 13, 2012 (that is a 15 game losing streak).

Week three of the college football season is upon us, and Vanderbilt is the only TAM team that remains winless on the year.

Without further ado, here are Week 2′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 (2-0):
Last Game:
W 41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Best Win:
41-3 vs. Vanderbilt @ LP Field
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (2-0):
Last Game:
W 47-34 vs. UAB @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
49-0 vs. Southern Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (2-0):
Last Game:
W 34-19 vs Arkansas State @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (1-1):
Last Game:
W 73-7 vs. Nicholls State @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:
73-7 vs. Nicholls State @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-1):
Last Game:
L 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 42-35 vs. UCLA @ Rose Bowl
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-1):
Last Game:
L 34-19 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 37-10 vs. Montana State @ 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 (1-1):
Last Game: L 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Best Win: 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 35-24 vs. Minnesota @ TCF Bank Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (0-2):
Last Game:
L 41-3 vs. Ole Miss @ LP Field
Best Win: N/A
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 (1-1):
Last Game:
W 26-20 vs. Alcorn State @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)

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

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The Absurdity of Preseason College Football Rankings

ap logoIt is an understatement to say that Americans love football, especially collegiate football.  As a society, we are infatuated by the sport, craving it morning, noon, and night year round.

To suggest that anything could possibly be wrong with the sport seems like the most severe form of blasphemy there is.  After all, most of us swear allegiance to a team (or in the case of some fans an entire conference) and will defend our program (again or conference) to the bitter end.

Yet, nothing is perfect. Not even in the realm of college football.

The fact that there are preseason rankings is one of the most bizarre aspects not just in college football, but in all of sports.

How do you rate teams that you have never seen play?

Sure you saw the team that was fielded last season and seasons before, but you have not seen this version of the team perform ever.  Things change, coaches leave, players matriculate, former five star high school recruits fail to develop, while former two star recruits blossom into fixtures in the lineup so how can anybody accurately rank the top 25 out of the 125 FBS schools?

It is less of an issue now that there is a selection committee, but still come on, why should fans even pay these rankings attention for the first four or five weeks of the year?

Voters are doing their best to judge these teams, but they have no relevant information to go on and it shows by season’s end.

About half of the time the pollsters just vote last year’s champion No. 1 to start the year.   In the 65 year history of the AP Poll the defending National Champion started the year off in the top spot  23 times to be exact.  Only three times did said National Champion end the year at No. 1 (USC in 2004 and Oklahoma in 1975 and 1956).

The only things voters can use to gauge how good these teams are at the start of the year are rough predictions about recruits and last season’s results, not actual football games played this particular year.

Seriously ask yourself why does matter if in week 2 of the season Wossamatta U, led by Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose, beat the Mud City Manglers who just so happen to be the No. 16 team in the AP Poll (shout out to all you Rocky and Bullwinkle fans out there)?

It honestly should not matter until the regular season ends and we get to compare wins and losses.  If the Mud City Manglers go on to regroup and lose maybe one or two more games then that is a noteworthy win for Wossamatta U.  However, if Mud City implodes on itself the rest of the season then that win losses some luster, but we will not know the implications until the later in the season.

There are several real life examples of preseason top 25 teams winning games over top 25 opponents. Texas A&M, UGA, and LSU all won their week one games against preseason top 25 teams.

The Gamecocks hardly looked like a Top 25 team against the Aggies, let alone a team that should start the year off at No. 9 in the AP Poll.  Why were they even there, after all they lost Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, and a host of other key players?

South Carolina fell all the way to No. 21 after their opening night loss and if that does not show you how asinine preseason polls are nothing will.  It might seem harsh, but since the only game we have seen South Carolina play this year was that debacle then they should not be ranked.

On the other hand, Texas A&M came in ranked No. 21 in the preseason AP Poll and after crushing South Carolina jumped all the way to No. 9.  That is a 12 spot jump based off of one game against a team that appears to be severely overrated.

Nobody knows how good either team is yet, so pollsters should not waste time ranking them.

To truly see the damage preseason rankings cause take a look at the 2010 college football season.  A season that saw Ohio State start off at No. 2, Wisconsin start the year at No. 12, and Michigan State start the year off unranked.

The Spartans avoided playing the Buckeyes but beat Wisconsin that year.  All three teams finished the season with just one loss, tied for the Big Ten Championship, and ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

However, because the Badgers and Buckeyes started off ranked in the preseason poll, they had a proverbial head start on the Spartans in the rankings.  Michigan State did not have enough to jump either school despite being No. 9 in the nation and beating Wisconsin.   Thus, Sparty missed out on a BCS game (they went on to get slaughtered by Alabama in the Capital One Bowl , but using Nick Saban logic the Spartans were just too disappointed to show up after being so close to the Rose Bowl).

There will always be teams that are overrated and others that are underrated, but pollsters should probably wait until actual games are played to start ranking them.

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

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