TAM Rankings

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 2014: 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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Week 1 TAM Rankings 2014: Ole Miss Starts Year Off No. 1

Ole Miss flagCollege football is back which means it is time for week one of the TAM Rankings.

There was a TAM team matchup right off the bat as Mississippi State demolished Southern Mississippi to get their first TAM win of the season.

Two other TAM teams suffered losses this week.  Vandy started things of in less than stellar fashion for the TAM teams on Thursday.  They amassed seven turnovers and allowed 23 unanswered points to Temple.  So much for the progress the Commodores mad during the James Franklin era.

For a half, it looked like Arkansas was going to pull off a major week 1 upset over the defending SEC Champion Auburn Tigers.  After all, the score was tied at 21 to start the second half.  Alas, there are two halves in college football, something Arkansas should remember next game.  The Razorbacks did not score in the second half and allowed 24 second half points in route to their 45-21 opening week loss.

Ole Miss struggled early but pulled away late against Boise State to get their first win of the year.  The Rebels are trying to repeat as TAM Champions.

A couple of unexpected TAM teams scored 60 plus points on lesser opponents.  MTSU beat FCS foe Savannah State 61-7, and not to be outdone Memphis destroyed the Govs of Austin Peay 63-0.

Tennessee took care of business against Utah State, while Arkansas State handled Montana State.

With so many good games in week two featuring TAM teams it is tough to select one as the TAM game of the week.  Tennessee looks to keep the good feelings rolling as they take on fellow TAM team Arkansas State, while Memphis travels clear across the country to take on UCLA (No. 7 in the AP Top 25).  However, the TAM game of the week belongs to Ole Miss versus Vanderbilt.  Will the Commodores bounce back, or can Hugh Freeze’s team continue rolling?

Without further ado, here are week fourteen’s TAM Rankings…

1. ole_miss logoOle Miss (1-0):
Last Game:
W 35-13 vs. Boise State @ Georgia Dome
Best Win:
W 35-13 vs. Boise State @ Georgia Dome
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

2. Mississippi_State_Bulldogs logoMississippi State (1-0):
Last Game:
W 49-0 vs. Southern Miss @ 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 (1-0):
Last Game:
W 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Best Win: 38-7 vs. Utah State @ Neyland Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

4.  Arkansas logoArkansas (0-1):
Last Game:
L 45-21 vs. Auburn @ Jordan-Hare Stadium
Best Win:
N/A
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 (1-0):
Last Game:
W 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Best Win: 63-0 vs. Austin Peay @ Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

6.  Arkansas State Logo 2Arkansas State (1-0):
Last Game:
W 37-10 vs. Montana State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Best Win: 37-10 vs. Montana State @ Liberty Bank Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

7.  MTSU LogoMTSU (1-0):
Last Game: W 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Best Win: 61-7 vs. Savannah State @ Floyd Stadium
Worst Loss: N/A
Wins Against TAM Teams:
N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

8.  Vandy LogoVanderbilt (0-1):
Last Game:
L 37-7 vs. Temple @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 
37-7 vs. Temple @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: N/A

9.  Southern Miss logo 2Southern Mississippi (0-1):
Last Game:
L 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Best Win: N/A
Worst Loss: 49-0 vs. Mississippi State @ Davis Wade Stadium
Wins Against TAM Teams: N/A
Losses Against TAM Teams: 1 (Mississippi State)

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.

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

 

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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
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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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