FTF Top 5/Rick Riggin


Rick Riggin/Official College Football Analyst for The Balance  

The ever evolving, the weekly changing FTF Top 5.  It’s about how you look.  It’s about the eye candy.  You can put any metric on a team’s wins and losses.  Who they’ve beat, who their opponent has beaten and so on…. But it all comes down to how your team looks, and how would your team would do against elite competition on a neutral field.  I feel the “eye test” is the best metric for judging teams.
1. Alabama – This has been the consistent, consensus #1 week in and week out.  There’s really no argument/debate here.
2. Georgia – Now we can have a debate.  Penn State just trashed Michigan at home. Why aren’t they #2?… Because I feel Georgia defensively can contain Saquon Barkley.
3. Penn State – Definitely a Top 5 team, but I need to see them against elite competition before they move to #2.  I’ll get my wish this weekend when they travel to the Horseshoe to play Ohio State.
4. TCU – The Big 12’s only hope as I see it.  Oklahoma hasn’t look that great lately.  TCU is great defensively, and because of that I feel they can play with anybody in the country.
5. Ohio State – Yeah I know Wisconsin is undefeated, but like I said, its “eyeballs” and Ohio State finally looks the part. They got their sh*t together at the right time.  We’ll find out this Saturday, OSU vs PSU.

Coaching Carousel Rumors That Won’t Happen/ Rick Riggin

Coaching Carousel Rumors That Won’t Happen
written by Rick Riggin The official Balance College Football Analyst

We hear the same thing every year. There’s always some big time program with a fan base ready to fire their Head Coach every week. Last year it was Texas and Notre Dame. Of course Texas actually did fire their guy and landed Tom Herman. Brian Kelly has gotten dangerously close, but looks to have turned the Irish around. But besides these two examples, there are big time programs that fall short of expectations, and the fan base starts screaming for 2 of the 3 guys on this list. So with that, we’ll start this list of coaches that you will NOT see coaching your team. Let’s start with #3…..

3. Bob Stoops – He literally just retired. And he left an elite program while he still has a lot of great coaching years left in the tank. Only he and his family know the true reason on why he decided on an early retirement, but I would think that reason means he’s not coming to your school and rebuild it’s program. I mean this guy left Baker Mayfield and a pretty good Sooners team that had a pretty good shot at returning to the Playoff.

2. Chip Kelly – He had a taste of the NFL, and I 100% believe that’s where he wants to be. Unlike Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, no school will make Chip Kelly such a ridiculous offer like that… And, he absolutely hates recruiting. He’s been perfectly content just being a “football consultant” for several teams. Less stressful that way. He’s not going to want to rebuild your program, and also don’t think that Oregon offense from several years ago will work today.

1. Chip Kelly – Ahhh, the White Whale, the Gray Ghost. The guy everybody wants. Just look at that picture. He’s perfectly happy by not coaching, right? He’s making college head coach money just by calling Monday Night Football games. Tennessee would have to pay him like 1 billion dollars and make him King of the Volunteer state. If he was going to come back to coaching, it would’ve happen a long time ago.
But it’s fun to fantasize about these guys taking over your program. But that’s all it will be, a fantasy.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL FTF CFB TOP 5/Rick Riggin

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FTF CFB TOP 5
Rick Riggin Official College Analyst for The Balance

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When we have weeks where no ranked teams play each other, crazy things happen… Or maybe it was just because it was the Friday the 13th weekend??

This weekend we saw 4 of the Top 10 teams go down starting with Clemson and Washington State Friday night, followed by Auburn and Washington on Saturday. The fun didnt stop there though. It took OT for Michigan to finish off Indiana, and Texas had a late lead against Oklahoma, before Baker Mayfield put the Sooners on his shoulders to get the W in the final minutes.

So here is the ever evolving Flipping The Field Top 5 Rankings.

1. Alabama – No surprise. “To be the man, you have to beat the man, WOO!” – Ric Flair… And Arkansas really had no shot at doing that. Only A&M has been close so far.

2. Georgia – Just could be the man to beat the man but we won’t find out until the SEC Championship Game.

3. TCU – The Big 12’s only hope the way I see it right now. I know Oklahoma beat Ohio St at Ohio St, but man, the loss to Iowa St just looks really bad. As long as the Big 12 doesn’t cannibalize itself, TCU will be in the Playoff.

4. Penn State – I left them out last week, but not out of disrespect… I was just wrong. If they can avoid a disappointing loss, or a late loss, or just avoid losing is what I mean, the Big 10 Champ definitely gets in.

5. Ohio St – Yup, they’re on track to bust up the Playoff again with their proven formula of losing early. How bad does the loss to Oklahoma look now? They just need to keep doing what they’re doing like famously said by Charlie Murphy. That OSU-PSU game is growing large.

Oh by the way. There’s about a half a dozen 1 loss teams right now that can crash the party. Like I said, this ranking evolves weekly… Be sure to Subscribe, follow @Flipping_Field and @Riggin_Rick on Twitter.

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FTF Top 5 …Rick Riggin

Thanks to Rick Riggin our official College Football Analyst

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Before we begin, here is the actual AP Top 5…

Alabama
Clemson
Penn St
Georgia
Washington

Now let’s look at the FTF Top 5. Definitely debatable, but that’s what makes college football fun. (Disclaimer) All questions and complaints go to @Riggin_Rick on Twitter…

1. Alabama – Yes, obvious easy choice. Bama is the clear cut number 1. Even after a close win against A&M at Kyle Field, Nick Saban is right. “We’re not going to beat everybody 66-3.” Yeah the SEC might not be what it was 5 years ago, but then again, I think the conference is trending back up to the top. Which brings me to my #2.

2. Georgia – Talk about a complete turn around. Well, they were never really bad under Mark Richt, but they never played defense like this under him either. Kirby Smart has this team looking like a thorn in Bama’s side for years to come.

3. Washington – Washington at #3??? What the hell kind of hack job ranking system is this? The truth is, it seems like when you see a Washington score they’re winning by 40 (give or take). That just smells like dominance. Crazy good offense, good defense, and a really damn good Head Coach. But wait…. They still got a date with USC down the road.

4. Clemson – Kelly Bryant has big shoes to fill being the guy that follows Deshaun Watson. But he’s done a hell of a job so far and I might argue he’s actually a better runner. I said runner, not QB… Defense is strong, actually all around they’re good. The question is, would they beat the top 3 teams in this ranking on a neutral field? (Debate), and go!

5. TCU – What the hell, not Penn State?!? Have you seen TCU’s defense? They shut down what most of thought was the one of the best offenses in CFB. (Oklahoma St). Kenny Hill, Kenny Trill, whatever you want to call him, is playing on Baker Mayfield level. I put them at 5 because I’m showing some love. Plus their mascot is pretty damn cool.

So why did I not include Penn State? I love what James Franklin has done at PSU. My problem is I feel they rely on Saquon Barkley too much. Ask yourself this, then fight me on Twitter later. (Would they still be undefeated without Barkley?) Yeah they play tough D, but the offense goes when Barkley goes. No disrespect, college football is better when Penn State is relevant. But it looks like Ohio State finally got it’s sh*t together, and these two are on a collision course….

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The Balance Air Date 1/23/2016

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On todays show we talk to Turn Four Promotions and Sylvia Porter promoter of Anderson Motorspeedway in South Carloina. Also Dustin Albino writer for Speedway Digest talks #NASCAR and gives a report from media week in Charlotte.

Derrick Schultz from Fox Sports 975 Query & Schultz show talk #NFL Championship weekend and The Brady/Manningg matchup as well as Newton/Palmer matchup

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The Balance presents Breaking Rank air date 1/19/2016

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On tonights show Host of the Balance “el presidente” Tom Marquis talks to Walt Ferber Sportscaster at University of Evansville/ESPN 3 and Program/Sports Dir Account Executive at WITZ/WQKZ RADIO. Walt talks ‘Big Ten Basketball as well as Missouri Valley Conference Evansville Purple Aces, and their great start.

Also we replay an interview from the Balance which aired Saturday 1/16/2016 Pat Donohue (@SportsDownPat) recruiting analyst/writer for Rivals.com,TerrapinSportsReport joined us for conversation about #3 Maryland Men’s Basketball and his perception of Melo Trimble.

The Balance airs live on Saturdays right here on Indiana Talks, 9-11am ET with your host “el presidente” Tom Marquis

2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Duke 44 Indiana 41 F/OT

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Indiana University Football summed up in a matter of 90 seconds, lose in overtime on a missed field goal attempt. This should come as no surprise to IU Football fans…

In a stunning turn of events, Indiana University ends their season in recognizable fashion, missing a field goal in overtime to lose the 2015 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium Saturday. The best kicker in the Big Ten, Griffen Oakes, misses 2 field goals on Saturday after only missing one the entire regular season. The most important and controversial miss came in overtime when the ball sailed over the top upright declaring that the field was no good. The play was also unreviewable, which Oakes clearly argued that he made.

Indiana University Kicker Griffen Oakes
IU K Griffen Oakes argues with referees who exit the field after the controversial field goal to end the Pinstripe Bowl  Photo Credit Rich Barnes – USA TODAY Sports

The loss for Indiana is about more than just the missed field goal, but the inability to stop the run. Duke rushed for 373 yards compared to Indiana’s 278 yards on the day. The ability to stop the run has been a frustration for IU’s defense the whole entire season. Closing out games for IU has been difficult and heartbreaking.

With that said, this season has been a success. IU makes their first bowl game since the Insight Bowl in December of 2007 where they suffered a 49-33 loss to Oklahoma State.

Playing without first-team All-Big Ten running back Jordan Howard seemed to be an incredible loss to football fans that are unfamiliar with the depth of Indiana. MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl would have to go to RB Devine Redding. His statistics are as followed (impressive):

Indiana Hoosiers

 RB Devine Redding – 35 carries, 227 yards, TD

Duke Blue Devils

 RB Thomas Sirk – 20 carries, 155 yards, 2 TD

RB Jela Duncan – 13 carries, 109 yards

RB Shaun Wilson – 9 carries, 103 yards, TD

Indiana University's running backs Jordan Howard (left) and Devine Redding (right) rushed for both 1,000+ yards. Photo Credit: @HoosierFootball
Indiana University’s running backs Jordan Howard (left) and Devine Redding (right) rushed for both 1,000+ yards.
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If there is one positive to take away for Indiana Football’s future, it is in the core of running backs with Jordan Howard (NFL eligible, not indicated) and Devine Redding (Sophomore). The explosive running game that Indiana brings is the brightest spot of this emerging team.

Special Congratulations from The Balance Team to the following Indiana Football Players:

#8 RB Jordan Howard – First Team All-Big Ten

#67 G Dan Feeney – First Team All-Big Ten; ESPN First Team All-American

#78 OT Jason Spriggs – Second Team All-Big Ten; FWAA First Team All-American

 

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The Best of The Balance 2015 Air Date 12/26/2015

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Today’s episode features interviews from previously recorded episodes.

Ralph Sheheen
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The original debut shows for co host that one Radio Guy Rick Riggin/Jordan The Intern

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We bring breaking news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and highlights!

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The Balance presents Breaking Rank Christmas Podcast 12/22/2015

Breaking Rank Christmas Podcast 12/22/2015

It’s that time of year again…Bowl Season. Our featured bowl game, The Peach Bowl brings us Florida St against Houston. Great coaching minds Jimbo Fisher against Tom Hermann. This will be about how Houston will stack-up against the big boys of college football. This is what sports is all about, the little guy against the big bully. Do Not Sleep On Houston In This Game.

Next we talked Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs Florida. This will be a defensive struggle, but if Michigan’s playmakers get going, it’ll be a very nice win for Jim Harbaugh. Watch for Jabril Peppers from Michigan, and Treon Harris for Florida.

Last it was IU time, and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Indiana definitely belongs in a bowl game, we’ll see that high scoring passing offense in action against Duke. The question being which defense will make enough plays in the end. That’s your recap…Everybody have a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday.

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