The Ohio State football Spring Game will give us our first true look at all three quarterbacks competing for the starting job. It will be a nice early preview.
Ohio State football in the Spring is something special. In a normal year, the Shoe would be packed with 80,000 people to watch a glorified scrimmage. Unfortunately due to the pandemic this year, it will only hold just under 20,000. That’s still more fans than there were all of last season.
The most intriguing part of this year’s game will clearly be the quarterback battle. As I’ve said before, we won’t know who wins the starting job until the Fall rolls around. But it’s still nice to see who looks good early since we’ve never seen any of these guys throw a true collegiate pass.
There will be no tackling in today’s game so we won’t see any big hits. The quarterbacks certainly won’t get touched either. It will be Team Brutus vs. Team Buckeye instead of Scarlet vs. Gray also. Another subtle change to this year’s main Spring event.
C.J. Stroud and Jack Miller will be on opposite teams, so they will be going head-to-head against each other. Kyle McCord is on Stroud’s team, so he clearly will get the third reps out of the quarterbacks. From everything I’m hearing, it just seems like Stroud is the early favorite.
We’ll get a chance to see if that is indeed true. This is the biggest battle that we can actually learn something in today. The running backs won’t be tackled, so we won’t learn much about them. Same for the new crop of linebackers because they won’t be hitting anyone.
The quarterbacks will be the one thing we can watch and make true observations on that will matter. It’s going to be a great day of Buckeye football in mid-April. Even if a full game isn’t played, it will be fun to watch them take the field again.