Ohio State's annual spring game is finally upon us. Two hours of football-like substance followed by a long, hard offseason – though this season there's a brave new college football world where the four best teams in the country play to determine a national champion on the field at the end of the tunnel.
As is often the case, the OSU spring game is a great way to get to know the break out stars of spring practices. Amongst them, New Albany native son, linebacker Darron Lee, a quartet of new offensive linemen, former junior college transfer Corey Smith and freshmen Johnnie Dixon and Curtis Samuel at wide receiver and pivot respectively, and of course a trio of new(-ish) understudies to Braxton Miller at quarterback, Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Stephen Collier. For a look at everything else going on (the rules, the position battles), we've got you covered right here.
This afternoon's action kicks off around 1:30 p.m. It's not too late to get down there and join 60,000+ of your closest friends and neighbors, however. Gates 7 and 8 at the North Rotunda of Ohio Stadium are charging just $5 (all proceeds to go charity) and parking is free. If you've got the garage airing out or the TV/cable box complete with extension cord on the deck as to enjoy this nice Central Ohio weather today, you can find the action on Big Ten Network (Channel 1333 HD on Time Warner Columbus-Delaware). As per usual, 97.1 The Fan will have you covered on radio in the Columbus area, and BTN2Go is a live streaming option online (for participating cable subscribers).
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