Spring college football games have started in spurts at some schools across the country, but we are roughly two weeks away from the real heart of spring scrimmage season.
Starting on Saturday, April 5, some of the biggest programs in America—e.g., Baylor, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Ole Miss and LSU—will play their spring game, and from there each weekend through the first of May is seemingly loaded with compelling national exhibitions.
To prepare you for the season before the season to come, we've taken stock of where the projected top 25 teams stand heading into their spring scrimmage and what you should keep an eye on in each one.
Even if spring games might be mostly overblown by local media, a good performance was, after all, what helped launch Jameis Winston toward a starting position at Florida State, a Heisman Trophy and an eventual national championship in 2013.
There is meaning to be found at every one.
Note: This list reflects what I project to be the preseason top 25—not how I, myself, would rank the teams.