The 2011 College Football season may still be almost five months away from kicking off, but that is not preventing many of the projected top teams holding their spring games. After all, this is not the NFL. These kids will be playing football come September.
Over this past weekend, many more schools across the country finished up their spring practices with the annual spring game. It is basically just a scrimmage, although many actually do sell tickets.
That means that not only do the teams have to play hard, but they are also expected to put on a show, at least to a certain extent.
The Florida Gators are finding out what life without Urban Meyer is like, and Will Muschamp has been stressing defense. The South Carolina Gamecocks have an explosive offense, but could need to reinstate Stephen Garcia if they expect to compete for an SEC Championship.
The North Carolina Tar Heels may have lost their quarterback, but there is still plenty of optimism for Butch Davis and his team. Another ACC rival who is expecting big things out of their offense is the Clemson Tigers, who feel as if Tahj Boyd is ready to make an impact.
Finally, Andrew Luck is ready to show that coming back for his senior year will be worth the NFL wait, the Purdue Boilermakers are trying to decide who will start at quarterback this year, and the South Florida Bulls appear poised for a run at a BCS bid out of the Big East.
We may be months away from the official opening kick off, but at least no one is battling it out in the courts instead of the gridiron in college football.