Author: Phillip Riggs

I write about college football, it's past, present, and future. I cover Ohio State, BYU, the Big Ten, national college awards, and the MAC. The Ohio State Buckeyes and the BYU Cougars are my ride and die teams and I admit my heart is swayed toward the Scarlet and Gray and Royal Blue. I love my state of Ohio.

Official Rankings My College Football Playoff Rankings Week 13 My Top 25 and the Committee’s Top 25 1) Georgia (12-0) CFP Committee has Georgia at 1) The Dawgs are still the Dawgs and have the champion’s advantage. Although if they struggle to beat LSU I wouldn’t be opposed to having Michigan jump them to the number one spot. In fact I predict IF (and it’s a big if) both USC and TCU were to be upset, Michigan would be #1, Georgia #2, Ohio State #3, and Tennessee or Alabama #4. 2) Michigan (12-0) CFP Committee has Michigan at 2) Georgia…

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Riggs’ Redhawks Red Zone. Red Birds Battle for a Bowl Game A Special Game to a Football Fan from Butler County, Ohio. I’ve been a football fan for a very long time. Since I was Steve Young in my backyard because we were both left-handed and of the same faith. To rooting for Eddie George in his Heisman-winning season when I was nine years old. To rooting for George in the Buckeyes to beat Tennessee and Peyton Manning on New Year’s Day 1996 in the Citrus Bowl, even though my Dad, Grandpa, and another brother were pulling for the Vols…

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BYU Game 12 View from the Midwest – BYU at Stanford For those of you who are first-time readers, welcome! Here is a link explaining my process of how I recap BYU games while paying respect to the rich historical tradition of the BYU Cougars I love. Luke Staley-Tyler Allgeier Rusher of the Game: Christopher Brooks. https://twitter.com/BYUfootball/status/1596757912969707521 Chris Brooks led the way for the BYU rushing attack in a dominating performance. Brooks had 23 carries for 164 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry. BYU as a team had 50 carries for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Here are some fun facts regarding…

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Ohio State’s Ryan Day is the reason that Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell decided to leave the Queen City and the Bearcats for the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison in the Dairy State. https://twitter.com/espn/status/1596938740101894144 The hits keep on coming for Ryan Day. Luke Fickell is coming for his dream job as head coach of his hometown and alma mater team The Ohio State Buckeyes. This is why he returned to the Big Ten. It’s his home, it’s where he wants to be, and by being at Wisconsin he’s setting himself up to succeed Ryan Day. After his first two seasons, it looked like…

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Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 13 Heisman Watch The Leaders: 1. Caleb Williams, USC, Quarterback, Sophomore. Williams’ stats are speaking for themself. On the year he is 268 of 407 for 3,712 yards 34 touchdowns passing and 97 carries for 350 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing. He is one of nine FBS quarterbacks to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for more than 300 yards. The Heisman is his to lose. 2. Max Duggan, TCU, Quarterback, Senior. Max Duggan and undefeated TCU are right there waiting if USC were to fall to Utah again.…

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Big Ten Players of the Week – Week 13 Next week folks will be the final edition of the season with the most valuable players of the Big Ten Championship Game, all-Big Ten teams, and position awards for a great year of Big Ten Football! Author’s Note: These are not the official Big Ten Players of the Week, but my Big Ten Players of the Week as a writer for Gridiron Heroics. Players of the Week Offensive Player of the Week: J.J. McCarthy, Michigan, Quarterback, Sophomore. https://twitter.com/CFBONFOX/status/1596653914480205824 McCarthy outplayed his counter part C.J. Stroud by going 12 of 24 for…

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Ohio State Game 12 View from the Couch – Ohio State vs TTUN (The Game) For those of you who are first-time readers, welcome to this autopsy. Here is a link explaining my process of how I recap Buckeye games while paying respect to the rich historical tradition of the team I love, The Ohio State Buckeyes. A Different Path Some things will be different this time around. Many of the points that are normally made are not applicable after a game like this. There are no 2014, 2002, or 1968 Moments as those teams all beat that team up north,…

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Official Rankings My College Football Playoff Rankings Week 12 My Top 25 and the Committee’s Top 25 1) Georgia (11-0) CFP Committee has Georgia at 1) Georgia is getting the benefit of the doubt for being an undefeated defending champion. Their best win is over a team I have ranked 8th in the nation. The Bulldogs could get a win over the 9th-best team in the nation and solidify their spot at 1). 2) Michigan (11-0) CFP Committee has Michigan at 3) The reason I have Michigan ranked ahead of my Buckeyes is that I feel like they have fewer…

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Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 12 Heisman Watch The Leaders: Caleb Williams, USC, Quarterback, Sophomore. Williams took the lead in the Heisman race with his stellar performance in the Battle of Los Angeles against Dorian Thompson-Robinson and UCLA. Williams was 32 of 43 for 470 yards and two touchdowns passing with eight carries for 33 yards and a touchdown rushing. With one game left in the regular season, Williams is 250 of 385 for 3,480 yards and 33 touchdowns in the air and 88 carries for 316 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. C.J.…

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Big Ten Players of the Week – Week 12 Author’s Note: These are not the official Big Ten Players of the Week, but my Big Ten Players of the Week as a writer for Gridiron Heroics. Offensive Player of the Week: Dallan Hayden, Ohio State, Running Back, Freshman Dallan Hayden bailed the Buckeyes out in a big way against Maryland. The Ohio State offense was stagnant until he came in and took over in the second half. Hayden had 27 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns. With all their other running backs banged up, Hayden found lanes and ran…

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