TAM Rankings

Week 14 TAM Rankings: Vanderbilt jumps Ole Miss after Egg Bowl loss

egg bowlIt was a suspense filled week of college football for the TAM teams, with no game being more enthralling than the Egg Bowl.

With their bowl hopes on the line, Mississippi State held the hated Ole Miss Rebels to just three offensive points and came away with an overtime win in the Egg Bowl.  This was the Rebels first loss to a team outside of the AP Top 25 all year. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five Egg Bowls toad insult to injury.

Vandy had some last second excitement as well this week, needing a  field goal during the waning moments against Wake Forest to get the win.  This is the second eight win season under coach James Franklin.  Before he arrived the Commodores only had one such season since 1980.  The win also secured back to back eight win seasons for Vanderbilt for the first time since the 1927-1928 seasons.

The two FBS schools in Arkansas were on the wrong side of the last second excitement this week.  Arkansas State lost to Western Kentucky thanks to a touchdown pass by Willie McNeal to Brandon Doughty with ten seconds left, and a late touchdown by LSU ensured the Razorbacks finished the year winless in conference play.

Tennessee ended the season on a good note by beating Kentucky, while MTSU extended their five game winning streak by knocking off UTEP.

Memphis struggled all afternoon long in route to an embarrassing loss to Temple on senior day, and Southern Mississippi managed to get their first win in 24 tries in convincing fashion.

It is championship weekend, but unfortunately none of the TAM teams are playing for their respective conference championships.  Memphis is the only TAM team playing this week, so their contest against UConn is the TAM game of the week by default.

The regular season is over for all but one TAM team and bowl season is almost here.

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. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (8-4):
Last Game: 
W 23-21 vs. Wake Forest @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
 56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss) 

2. ole_miss logoOle Miss (7-5):
Last Game: 
L 17-10 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-10 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

3. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (6-6):
Last Game: 
W 17-10 vs. Ole Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 
17-10 vs. Ole Miss @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and Ole Miss)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (5-7):
Last Game: 
W 27-14 vs. Kentucky @ Commonwealth Stadium
Best Win: 
23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
 N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 
1 (Vanderbilt)

5.  MTSU LogoMTSU (8-4):
Last Game: W 48-17 vs. UTEP @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
2 (Memphis and Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (7-5):
Last Game:
L 34-31 vs. Western Kentucky @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (3-8):
Last Game:
L  41-21 vs. Temple @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-9):
Last Game:
L 31-27 vs. LSU @ Tiger Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (1-11):
Last Game: W 62-27 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Best Win: 62-27 vs. UAB @ Legion Field
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and MTSU)

 

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

 

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Week 13 TAM Rankings: All eyes are on the Egg Bowl this week

flimThere were several marquee match ups featuring TAM teams this past weekend with spectacular finishes, starting with the battle for Tennessee featuring the Commodores and the Vols in Neyland Stadium

A last second field goal lifted Vanderbilt over Tennessee giving the Commodores the satisfaction of eliminating their arch nemesis from bowl eligibility.  This also marked the first time the Commodores have defeated their instate rival in back to back years since doing it in the 1925 and 1926 seasons.

In another equally exciting game, Mississippi State got their first ever win on the road at Arkansas.  It took overtime to do it, but the Bulldogs kept their bowl hopes alive and set up a huge match up with the dreaded Rebels on the Thursday.

Speaking of Ole Miss, the Rebels faced yet another team currently ranked in the top five of the BCS rankings (Ole Miss has played three teams currently ranked in the BCS top five Alabama, Auburn, and Missouri).  Ole Miss came up short against the Tigers of Missouri, and now all eyes are on that showdown with Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl.

MTSU and Arkansas State both won this week effectively ensuring their bowl berths for this season, while the Memphis loss to Louisville eliminated them from bowl contention.

Southern Mississippi is looking at another historic season of losing.  The Golden Eagles are winless through 11 games thanks to a loss this week at the hands of fellow TAM team MTSU extending their losing streak to 23 games, and if they do not win this week it will be their second winless season.

Some weeks it is difficult to select the TAM game of the week, but not this week.  The Egg Bowl is by far and away the best game featuring TAM teams this week.  There is a lot at stake for the Bulldogs as a win makes them bowl eligible.  However, Ole Miss will do everything in their power to add to the disappointing season that Mississippi State is having.

The season is almost over so fans should savor every minute of college football that is left, even if your school is only playing for pride.  This is sure to be another week full of college football excitement.

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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (7-4):
Last Game:
L 24-10 vs. Missouri @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (7-4):
Last Game:
W 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 14-10 vs. Tennessee @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Tennessee)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logo Mississippi State (5-6):
Last Game: 
W 24-17 vs. Arkansas @ War Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 
24-17 vs. Arkansas @ War Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-7):
Last Game: 
L 14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 
23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 
14-10 vs. Vanderbilt @ Neyland Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 
1 (Vanderbilt) 

5.  MTSU LogoMTSU (6-4):
Last Game: W 42-24 vs. Southern Mississippi @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
2 (Memphis and Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (7-4):
Last Game:
W 35-33 vs. Georgia State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7. memphis-tigers logo Memphis (3-7):
Last Game:
L  24-17 vs. Louisville @ Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-8):
Last Game:
L 34-24 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Ole Miss and Mississippi State)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-11):
Last Game: L 42-21 vs. MTSU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 2 (Arkansas and MTSU)

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

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Week 12 TAM Rankings: Four TAM teams are now bowl eligible

ole miss back packThere are now four TAM teams eligible for bowls this year with three needing to win out to earn a bowl bid.

Vanderbilt and Arkansas State are bowl eligible after wins over Kentucky and Texas State, joining the Rebels and the Blue Raiders as the TAM teams who are bowl eligible.

Ole Miss trounced Troy State this week and has a tough game against a Missouri team that is ranked No. 8 in the BCS.  Mizzo is undefeated against TAM teams so far this year thanks to wins over Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

MTSU remains one of the top seven teams in Conference USA, thus guaranteeing that they will not be left out of a bowl this year like they were last year.  All the Blue Raiders have to do is win their last two games against opponents who have a total of two wins so far this season, and MTSU will be going bowling for the first time since the 2010 season.

Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Memphis need to win out if they are going to make it to bowl eligibility, which will not be an easy task for either team.

Mississippi State had a chance to jump the Vols in this week’s rankings, but the Bulldogs just could not knock off the Crimson Tide.  They play fellow TAM team Arkansas next and cannot afford to look ahead to the Egg Bowl in two weeks.  A Bulldogs loss to the Razorbacks will knock them out of bowl contention, making the Egg Bowl the only bowl game Mississippi State will go to this year.

The Vols are fresh off of a bye week and will finish the year with two games against rivals Vanderbilt and Kentucky.  James Franklin and the Commodores have added fuel to the instate rivalry with Tennessee, so this will be an intriguing game to watch.

Memphis took care of business against USF on Saturday, but if Paxton Lynch only throws for 59 yards against Louisville it will be a long day for Tigers fans.

Arkansas managed to come out of their bye week without a loss, and will be playing the role of party pooper against Mississippi State on Saturday. 

Southern Mississippi lost again, and that is all that needs to be said about the Golden Eagles who are riding a 22 game losing streak.

There are several games featuring TAM teams with significant national and bowl implications this week, but the TAM game of the week is right here in the Volunteer state between Vanderbilt and Tennessee.  This rivalry has been more of a “rivalry” historically speaking with the Vols dominating the series 73-29-5. 

However, things heated up in 2011 when a video emrged of then head Coach Derek Dooley exclaiming for all to hear ““The one thing that Tennessee always does is kick the (bleep) out of Vandy.”  Vanderbilt coach James Franklin did not take too kindly to these words, and the Commodores responded last year by beating Tennessee for just the third time in 32 years.  Not only did the Commodores demolish Tennessee, but Coach Franklin rubbed in the 23 point victory by calling timeouts late.  Franklin also took some shots via twitter at the Vols after Coach Butch Jones landed one of the top recruits in state.  

Tennessee needs this win to keep themselves bowl eligible, while the Commodores would love to make sure the Vols are sitting at home this bowl season for the second straight year.

With so much at stake for all of the TAM teams, this is sure to be another outstanding week of college football. 

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 (7-3):
Last Game:
W 51-21 vs. Troy @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (6-4):
Last Game:
W 22-6 vs. Kentucky @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 34-17 vs. Florida @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Worst Loss: 
56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-6):
Last Game:
L 55-23 vs. Auburn @ Faurot Field
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-6):
Last Game:
L 20-7 vs. Alabama @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.  MTSU LogoMTSU (6-4):
Last Game: W 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (6-4):
Last Game:
W 38-21 vs. Texas Southern @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (3-6):
Last Game:
 W vs. USF 23-10 @ Raymond James Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-7):
Last Game:
L 34-24 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-10):
Last Game: L 41-7 vs. FAU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

 

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

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Week 11 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss and MTSU are the first TAM teams to become bowl eligible

hotty toddyTwo of the TAM teams have managed to reach bowl eligibility this week with MTSU shutting out FIU and Ole Miss defeating fellow TAM team Arkansas.

Ole Miss is definitelygoing bowling, but there is still work to be done for the Blue Raiders who were bowl eligible last year (finished 8-4 on the year).  MTSU  must finish in the top seven of Conference USA to ensure that they get a bowl bid this season and if they keep on playing like this they will be in a bowl this year. 

Vanderbilt did something this weekend that it had not done in 22 years, and that was beat the Florida Gators.  Vandy is now one game away from bowl eligibility with their next game against Kentucky, the worst team in the SEC east.

Tennessee was blown out by another top ten team this week, falling by 22 points to Auburn, while Mississippi State lost on the road to Texas A&M.

Arkansas state won this week, keeping their hopes for a third straight Sun Belt Championship alive.

Memphis kept its bowl hopes alive this week by beating FCS foe UT Martin, and Southern Mississippi lost yet another game.

As always there are several interesting matchups featuring TAM teams this week, but the game of the week honors belong to none other than Mississippi State versus Alabama.  The Crimson Tide have already played three TAM teams and so far they have given up just 10 points to TAM teams.  It is now the Bulldogs turn to take a shot at the No. 1 team in the BCS, and hopefully for Mississippi State fans they fare better than the TAM teams before them.

The bowl picture is getting clearer with every passing week.  It is put up or shut up time for several TAM teams who have bowl aspirations.  This is sure to be another intriguing week as the pressure begins to build on each team.

Without further ado here are week eleven’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 (6-3):
Last Game:
W 34-24 vs. Arkansas @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 2 (Vanderbilt and Arkansas)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (5-4):
Last Game: W 34-17 vs. Florida @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Best Win: 34-17 vs. Florida @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Worst Loss:  56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3.  University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-6):
Last Game: L 55-23 vs. Auburn @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-5):
Last Game: L 51-41 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Best Win: 62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.MTSU Logo  MTSU (6-4):
Last Game: W 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 48-0 vs. FIU @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2
Arkansas State (5-4):
Last Game: W 42-14 vs. UL Monroe @ Malone Stadium
Best Win: 42-14 vs. UL Monroe @ Malone Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

7. Arkansas logoArkansas (3-7):
Last Game: L 34-24 vs. Ole Miss @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win: 34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss:
52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

8.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (2-6):
Last Game:
 W 21-6 UT Martin @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-9):
Last Game:
L 36-13 vs. Louisiana Tech @ Joe Aillet Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)


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

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Week 10 TAM Rankings: Rebels are one win away from bowl eligibility

ole miss cakeIt was another rough week for the TAM teams, due in large part to the fact that they faced off against three teams ranked in the top 15 of the BCS poll. 

Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, the top two teams in this week’s rankings, both enjoyed bye weeks before facing crucial games.  The Commodores take on an injury plagued Florida team in the swamp, and the Rebels will get a chance to defeat their second TAM team when Arkansas comes to town. 

Tennessee faced a Tigers team fresh off of a heartbreaking loss in overtime to South Carolina, and all Mizzo did was  gain over 330 rushing yards in route to a 31-3 victory over the Vols. 

Mississippi State traveled to South Carolina  and lost despite out gaining the Gamecocks (385 total yards to 307), tallying more first downs than the Gamecocks (23 to 12), and dominating time of possession.  Five turnovers hurt the Bulldogs chances for the win as Conner Shaw capitalized on every mistake, throwing four touchdowns in the Gamecocks victory.

Arkansas is now riding a six game losing streak after their 18 point defeat to Auburn.  The Razorbacks are one loss away from failing to reach bowl eligibility for the second straight season.

MTSU defeated UAB to keep their hopes alive for a chance to win the Conference USA East division, while Arkansas State won a close game against South Alabama to avoid falling two games behind Louisiana-Lafayette in the chase for the Sun Belt Championship.

It was the same old song and dance for Memphis and Southern Mississippi this week as both of them lost. 

It was easy to pick this week’s game of the week with the Razorbacks taking on the Rebels.  It is the only matchup this week that has two TAM teams battling one another.  Also, a win makes Ole Miss bowl eligible and a loss eliminates Arkansas from bowl contention, so much is at stake for both teams.

Another exhilarating week of college football has come and gone for the TAM teams, but this week should be just as thrilling for each of them.

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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (5-3):
Last Game:
W 59-14 vs. Idaho @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (4-4):
Last Game:
L 56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Best Win: 31-27 vs. Georgia @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss:  56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3.
University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-5):
Last Game:
L 31-3 vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-4):
Last Game: L 34-16 vs. South Carolina @ Williams-Brice Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.  MTSU LogoMTSU (5-4):
Last Game:
W 51-49 vs. Marshall @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-6):
Last Game:
L 35-17 vs. Auburn @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win: 34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss:
52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (4-4):
Last Game:
W 17-16 vs. South Alabama @ Ladd-Pebbles Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

8.  memphis-tigers_logoMemphis (1-6):
Last Game:
L 34-21 vs. Cincinnati @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)


9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-8):
Last Game:
L 61-13 vs. Marshall @ Edwards Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

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

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Week 9 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss is unanimous No. 1

ole miss trampolineIt was another exhilarating week for the TAM teams, but there were no major upsets (unlike last week).

Ole Miss took care of business against lowly Idaho amassing just over 570 total yards of offense.  The Rebels remain the unanimous No. 1 in these rankings, with everyone else vying for the second place spot.

Mississippi State defeated Kentucky on Wednesday night, and may be the TAM team with the best chance to knock Ole Miss off of their perch atop the TAM rankings.

After riding high off of their two upsets last week, Tennessee and Vanderbilt came crashing back to Earth with a resounding thud.  Vanderbilt could not stop last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who had over 300 yards of total offense in the Aggies blow out victory over Vandy.

Coach Butch Jones and the Vols did manage to score in their 35 point defeat to Alabama, something that no other TAM team has done all year (neither Ole miss or Arkansas could muster a point against the Crimson Tide).

MTSU managed to keep their bowl hopes alive by knocking of Marshall thanks to a last second touchdown pass from Logan Kilgore.

Arkansas got some much-needed rest this week, but face a stiff challenge Saturday when a one loss Auburn team comes to town.  Arkansas State may have just cost themselves a shot at three-peating as Sun Belt Champs with their loss to Lafayette, and Memphis did not play on Saturday because of their Wednesday night game against old rival Cincinnati.

Southern Mississippi is not going to be eligible for a bowl this year, and the Golden Eagles are still seeking their first win of the year. 

With so many stellar games to choose from this week, it is hard to single one out as the best TAM game.  However, the Bulldogs trip to South Carolina has significant implications to the TAM Rankings and the Bulldogs season.  The Bulldogs start a brutal three game stretch against ranked teams before taking on two TAM teams (Arkansas and Ole Miss) at the end of the year.  Knocking off the Gamecocks will go a long way to ensuring the Bulldogs become bowl eligible.

November is almost here, and with each passing week the bowl picture becomes clearer.  So far eight of the nine TAM teams still have a shot at becoming bowl eligible.  It is sure to be another thrilling week for the TAM teams.

 Without further ado here are week nine’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 (5-3):
Last Game:
W 59-14 vs. Idaho @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (4-3):
Last Game:
W 28-22 vs. Kentucky @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: 62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 
59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:
N/A

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-4):
Last Game:
L 45-10 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (4-4):
Last Game:
L 56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Best Win: 31-27 vs. Georgia @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss:  56-24 vs. Texas A&M @ Kyle Field
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams:
1 (Ole Miss)

5.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-5):
Last Game:
L 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  MTSU LogoMTSU (4-4):
Last Game:
W 51-49 vs. Marshall @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win:
17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss:
34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams:
1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (3-4):
Last Game:
L 23-7 vs. UL-Lafayette @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

8.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-5):
Last Game:
 L 34-29 vs. SMU @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)


9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-7):
Last Game:
L 55-14 vs. North Texas @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

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Week 8 TAM Rankings: TAM teams knock off three Top 25 teams

ol-miss flagIf week six was the low point of the year for the TAM teams, week eight has to be the high point.  Three TAM teams had games against Top 25 competition, and all three of them won with Tennessee knocking off South Carolina (No. 11 in the AP Poll at the time), Vanderbilt defeating Georgia (No. 14 at the time), and Ole Miss beating LSU (No. 6 at the time).

The Vols have been nipping at their instate rival’s heels all season and this week’s win catapulted Tennessee over Vanderbilt for the second place spot in the TAM Rankings.

Arkansas managed to keep their losing streak alive in impressive fashion by giving up 52 points for the second consecutive week to an opponent.  To make matters worse for the Razorbacks, Alabama shut them out.  Since the emphasis ”karma” tweet from Jen Bielema, Arkansas is an amazing 0-5.

Mississippi State, Arkansas State, and MTSU all had byes, and they will all have games early in the college football week.  Arkansas State plays on Tuesday while Mississippi State and MTSU play on Thursday.

At the bottom of the rankings sit Memphis and Southern Mississippi.  Memphis struggled for most of their contest against SMU, but thanks to a few defensive scores late managed to only lose by five points.

Southern Mississippi on the other hand was manhandled by East Carolina in their 41 point defeat.

There is one game this week that stands apart from the rest for the TAM teams, and that game is Tennessee versus Alabama.  Sure this is one of the greatest college football rivalries in the nation, and the Vols have a chance to knock off the No. 1 team in the BCS and the defending BCS Champions.

However, more important than that is the fact that no TAM team has scored a point against the Crimson Tide.  Both Arkansas and Ole Miss played Alabama earlier this year, and neither one of them managed to score a single point.  If the Vols can find a way to score in the TAM game of the week, it will be a huge accomplishment for TAM teams everywhere.

This is a crucial week for TAM teams with the bowl picture beginning to take form.  It is sure to be another week of excitement for the TAM teams.

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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (4-3):
Last Game:
W 27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
27-24 vs. LSU @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (4-3):
Last Game:
W 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 23-21 vs. South Carolina @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

3. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (4-3):
Last Game:
W 31-27 vs. Georgia @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 31-27 vs. Georgia @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
51-28 vs. Missouri @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)


4.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (3-3):
Last Game:
W 21-20 vs. BGSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-5):
Last Game:
L 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (3-3):
Last Game:
W 48-24 vs. Idaho @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-4):
Last Game:
L 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-5):
Last Game:
 L 34-29 vs. SMU @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)


9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-6):
Last Game:
L 55-14 vs. East Carolina @ Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

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Week 7 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss stays No. 1 despite three game losing streak

rebel black bearAfter the TAM teams went winless in last week’s contests, it was time to see how each of them would bounce back. 

Tennessee and Vanderbilt both enjoyed bye weeks this Saturday, so at least they did not lose.

Mississippi State held on late to preserve a one point victory against Bowling Green State, and Arkansas State absolutely dismantled Idaho for the TAM teams two wins of the week. 

The Rebels once promising season has taken a different turn after they suffered their third straight loss on Saturday.  Life for Ole Miss fans does not get any easier as they get LSU at home on Saturday. 

Arkansas has completely come apart since their loss to Rutgers.  A four game losing streak and a 45 point shellacking by South Carolina is not what Bret Bielema had in mind when he agreed to coach the Razorbacks, who drop two spots in the rankings.  Things could get ugly on Saturday when the Razorbacks take on Alabama.

MTSU suffered another conference loss, and it was not close.  The Blue Raiders only threw for 66 yards, and allowed North Texas to rush for over 300 yards in their 31-7 defeat.

Memphis secured another moral victory, as the Tigers managed to be “right there with a chance to win it late” against Houston, just like they were against Duke, MTSU, and UCF.  If moral victories accounted for anything, the Tigers would be undefeated on the year.

Southern Mississippi struggled early, but thankfully managed to avoid a loss during their bye week (obviously I am joking. Hopefully they dominated the bye week).  The Golden Eagles will take on an East Carolina team that is vying with Marshall for the C-USA East crown, so it might be another week before Southern Miss gets a win.

There are a bunch of good games featuring TAM teams with Tennessee facing off against South Carolina, Vanderbilt playing Georgia, and Arkansas facing off against Alabama.  However, the TAM game of the week is Ole Miss versus LSU.  The Rebels look to get back to their winning ways and played LSU close last year, losing by just six points the last these two teams played.

It is the midway point of the college football season, and the TAM teams can ill afford losses if they plan on reaching bowl eligibility this season.  Another week of thrilling college football is about to get underway for the TAM teams.

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. ole_miss logoOle Miss (3-3):
Last Game:
L 41-38 vs. Texas A&M @ Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium
Best Win:
44-23 vs. Texas @ Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-3):
Last Game:
L 51-28 vs. Missouri @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 38-3 vs. APSU @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
51-28 vs. Missouri @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-3):
Last Game:
L 34-31 vs. Georgia @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 45-0 vs. APSU @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (3-3):
Last Game:
W 21-20 vs. BGSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5.  Arkansas logoArkansas (3-4):
Last Game:
L 52-7 vs. South Carolina @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 52-7 vs. South Carolina @ Razorback Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (3-3):
Last Game:
W 48-24 vs. Idaho @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-4):
Last Game:
L 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 34-7 vs. North Texas @ Apogee Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-4):
Last Game:
L 25-15 vs. Houston @ BBVA Compass Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)


9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-5):
Last Game:
L 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

 

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

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Week 6 TAM Rankings: Everybody who played lost for the first time in TAM history

ole_miss_long_logoWhat an embarrassing week for all of the teams in the TAM Rankings.  Each of the TAM teams put on a clinic on how to lose football games, as everybody but Arkansas State lost (the Red Wolves were fortunate and had a bye week).  This marks the first time in the history of the TAM Rankings that every team that played lost.

The once promising season for Ole Miss is now done after consecutive losses to conference foes.  They allowed 282 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Auburn, with 140 of those yards belonging to the Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall.

Mississippi State managed to keep it close against LSU for three quarters.  Then the Bulldogs decided to give up 28 unanswered fourth quarter points in their loss.

Arkansas has now lost three straight after traveling to “The Swamp” to play the Gators, and MTSU lost a close one to C-USA foe East Carolina.

Vanderbilt is in danger of not making a bowl game for the first time since 2010 following their embarrassing loss to Missouri.  The Commodores next three games are against ranked teams with two of the teams currently ranked in the top ten (Georgia, Texas A&M, and Florida).

Two TAM teams did record moral victories as Tennessee almost pulled off the upset against Georgia, and Memphis almost knocked of an undefeated UCF team.

Southern Mississippi almost got their first win since 2011, but fell one point short to an equally bad FIU team that was also winless coming into the contest.

Hopefully the TAM teams will have a better week this time around and maybe somebody will manage to win a game this week.

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 (3-2):
Last Game:
L 30-22 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Best Win:
44-23 vs. Texas @ Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-3):
Last Game:
L 51-28 vs. Missouri @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 38-3 vs. APSU @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
51-28 vs. Missouri @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3. Arkansas logoArkansas (3-3):
Last Game:
L 30-10 vs. Florida @ Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Rutgers @ High Point Solutions Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-3):
Last Game:
L 34-31 vs. Georgia @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 45-0 vs. APSU @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (2-3):
Last Game: 
L 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-26 vs. LSU @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-3):
Last Game:
L 24-17 vs. East Carolina @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 40-20 vs. UNC @ Kenan Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  memphis-tigers logoMemphis (1-3):
Last Game:
L 24-17 vs. UCF @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-3):
Last Game:
L 41-19 vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Memphis @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-5):
Last Game:
L 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 24-23 vs. FIU @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

 

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

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Week 5 TAM Rankings: Ole Miss stays No. 1 after Alabama loss

Ole_Miss_Walk_Of_Champions Despite their shutout loss to Alabama, the Rebels are still the best TAM team in this week’s rankings thanks in large part to the rough starts the other teams are having.

Arkansas is now reeling after losing two straight games, and they have a brutal three game stretch (at Florida, vs. South Carolina, and at Alabama) which might see the Razorbacks fall to 3-5 on the year.

Tennessee and Vanderbilt did what they have all year, and that is beat up on weaker competition.  However, both teams will face steep competition in their contests this week.

Tennessee will get a Georgia team still high off of their win against LSU, while the Commodores get the undefeated Missouri Tigers this week.  The same Missouri Tigers that just finished beating up on fellow TAM team Arkansas State.

MTSU is looking to remain in the Conference USA Championship hunt win they take on new divisional rival East Carolina.  While Memphis and Mississippi State are both coming off bye weeks.

There are several interesting games featuring TAM teams this week, but none have more “Toilet Bowl” implications than Southern Mississippi versus Florida International.  They both enter the contest 0-4 and are seeking their first win of the season.  This is the Golden Eagles only shot at a win this year, so a loss to the hapless Golden Panthers could result in another winless year for Southern Mississippi.

However, the game of the week has to be Georgia versus Tennessee.  It is not often that the No. 6 team in the nation visits your stadium, and if the Vols could pull off the upset, this game might impress the voters enough to move Tennessee to the top of the TAM rankings.

It is sure to be another interesting week of football for the TAM teams.

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 (3-1):
Last Game:
L 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Best Win:
44-23 vs. Texas @ Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 25-0 vs. Alabama @ Bryant-Denny Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Vanderbilt)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 0

2. Vandy LogoVanderbilt (3-2):
Last Game:
W 52-24 vs. UAB @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: 38-3 vs. APSU @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Worst Loss: 
39-35 vs. Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Ole Miss)

3. Arkansas logoArkansas (3-2):
Last Game:
L 45-33 vs. Texas A&M @ Razorback Stadium
Best Win:
34-14 vs. LA-Lafayette @ Razorback Stadium
Worst Loss: 28-24 vs. Rutgers @ High Point Solutions Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Southern Mississippi)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4. University-Tennessee-Logo-2Tennessee (3-2):
Last Game:
W 31-24 vs. South Alabama @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 45-0 vs. APSU @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: 59-14 vs. Oregon @ Autzen Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

5. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (2-2):
Last Game:
W 62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win:
62-7 vs. Troy State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Worst Loss: 24-20 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  MTSU LogoMTSU (3-2):
Last Game:
L 37-10 vs. BYU @ LaVell Edwards Stadium
Best Win: 17-15 vs. Memphis @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: 40-20 vs. UNC @ Kenan Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis)
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  memphis-tigers_logo2Memphis (1-2):
Last Game:
W 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: 17-15 vs. MTSU @Floyd Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas State)
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (MTSU)

8. Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (2-3):
Last Game:
L 41-19 vs. Missouri @ Faurot Field
Best Win: 62-11 vs. AR-Pine Bluff @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: 31-7 vs. Arkansas State @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Memphis) 

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-4):
Last Game:
L 60-7 vs. Boise State @ Bronco Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 22-15 Texas Southern @ M.M. Roberts Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Arkansas)

CJ Hurt covers college football for MemphiSport. Follow him @churtj09 for live tweets from games.

 

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