Ranking the 25 Must-Watch Spring Games of 2014

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Ranking the 25 Must-Watch Spring Games of 2014
Nati Harnik/Associated Press
Nebraska's players will wrap up offseason workouts on April 12 with the annual spring game.

They are the most important games of the year but also one that have absolutely no official effect on any standings, polls or postseason qualifications.

We're talking about college football spring games, and there's really no better way to describe them.

Held at the end of a short clumping of offseason practices, the spring game is meant to provide a brief glimpse at what teams will bring to the field the following fall. And by "glimpse," that could mean as little as one play or one person in his natural position. That all depends on how experimental the coaching staff may be during spring ball.

Each team has its own set of areas to work on during this period, so exactly what those areas are has a great impact on how the spring game looks. Still, nearly all coaching staffs use the game as a nice way to wrap up the offseason before returning in the summer for full-scale preparations.

Air Force, Duke, San Jose State and Tulane have already completed their spring practice slates, while BYU, South Florida and Troy have their spring games on tap for Saturday.

Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M do not have formal spring games scheduled, and the remainder of FBS schools will hold their games between April 4 and May 3.

Here's a look at the 25 most intriguing spring games yet to be held and why you might want to check them out. 

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