An update on the mid-spring college football Top 25
We’re still navigating through the coronavirus pandemic in college football, which has led to truncated spring practices, less tackling and some cancelations of spring games.
It’s interesting to hear about the changes coaches have implemented. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, who eliminated the Cyclones’ spring game several years ago, has practically cut out contact practices this spring. Workouts resemble organized team activities (OTA) in the NFL’s offseason (think more winter workouts in the spring in college football), with a focus on physical development rather than evaluating the depth chart with several scrimmages.
“We’re really measuring the amount of time we put contact and collision in spring practices,” Campbell told reporters recently. “Those things will be very minimal. We’ll be putting our focus on the bigger, faster, stronger growth process and equally in the fundamentals growth process. We’ll save the contact and collision aspect of it for fall camp.”
Iowa State has been moving in this direction for several years under Campbell. He believes the lack of spring practices in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic helped his team late in the fall. His team was healthy and not as worn down as previous seasons.
We’ve hit the halfway point for many programs in spring practices, though several big-time programs are just getting underway and a few more will start later this month.
I’m here to re-evaluate teams and make a few changes as I check in on teams this spring. I’ve tweaked my offseason rankings based on intel across the country. This is my mid-spring top 25.