Hello, and welcome to the Skull Session.
For all you football addicts out there, you're about to get your last big fix for a while; the spring game on Saturday will be at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. It looks fun!
It'll be a bit shorter than usual, as quarters will only be 10 minutes long. As long as they play at a vigorous pace and look solid on offense and defense, I could live with even two-minute quarters.
The flashiest position battles are always the "skill positions", but this year it seems like there's more certainty in the backfield than last year. The starting running backs are pretty set, with Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith holding the top two spots and Bri'onte Dunn and Warren Ball competing for the third spot. This Braxton guy seems to have a pretty tight hold of the quarterback position, too, giving some spotlight to Kenny G and Cardale Jones for a change.
A more potent position matchup appears at wide receiver, where Urban Meyer has said that he only has "five or six" consistent receivers when he wants 10. No matter what happens on Saturday, don't get too optimistic about another option having a breakthrough performance. It's been done.
Other matchups, like starting right tackle, and defensive line will be the most competitive; if you can pull yourself away from watching the ball on plays, keep those lesser positions in mind. Spring performances mean a lot more for these guys than the ball-carriers, so pay attention.
IT'S A RING THING. Oh, Mark May. You don't improve our lives, but you sure make them more entertaining.