Ohio State's annual Scarlet and Gray game will have a different feel this year, but optimism will be high for fans getting their first chance to see the 2013 version of the Buckeyes.
Urban Meyer's team is coming off a 12-0 season and returns many of the players that keyed their undefeated run. Combine that with the 2013 recruiting class, which is loaded with possible contributors.
However, due to renovations, the game will not be held in the confines of Ohio Stadium. Instead it will be held in Paul Brown Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Buckeyes will take the field on April 13th at 1 p.m.
During the Tressel era, the coaches split up the seniors and then the seniors drafted the remainder of the teams. For last season's spring game the coaches picked each team. That was largely due to the fact that the Buckeyes were working with limited scholarships and didn't have a full roster.
The team will find themselves in a similar spot in 2013. The 2013 recruiting class had five early enrollees that will participate, but there will only be about 60 scholarship players available this spring.
Unfortunately for Ohio sports fans, the Reds are on a road trip in Pittsburgh that weekend.
We're Talking About Practice
The spring practice schedule for the Buckeyes is odd due to the timing of the university's spring break.
The team will practice on March 5 and 7 before taking the week off for spring break. The team will return to the practice field on March 19.
During these three weeks the Buckeyes will have 20 practices with 15 contact days.
Last season, Ohio State's spring game was on the Big Ten Network. However, there hasn't been an announcement of where the game will be televised.
Five of the 12 Big Ten schools will be playing their spring games on April 13.
However, it is hard to believe that the Big Ten Network would pass on airing the conference's premiere team coming off an undefeated season and looking like a preseason Top Five team in 2013.