Grading Each Top 25 Team's Spring Game Performance

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Grading Each Top 25 Team's Spring Game Performance

Of the 25 teams on Phil Steele's projected preseason AP rankings (ESPN Insider access required), 23 have already played their spring game, and another, Texas A&M, has completed its spring without an exhibition due to renovations on its stadium.

The only team remaining is Oregon, which started spring later than most teams—it's a West Coast thing, I guess?—and will finish up camp with its spring game on May 3.

This makes now an appropriate enough time to look back on the best teams' spring games and issue some grades, which is a difficult task for many reasons.

Primarily, it's hard for one team to play well on the whole.

If its offense looks too good, then that means the defense struggled, and vice versa. The best grades, thus, went to teams that exhibited proper balance: an offense that made plays against good defense and a defense that stopped good offensive plays.

Here's how the grading turned out.

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