Spring football ends Saturday in the Big Ten. I'll give you a moment to compose yourself. Wipe those tears away. Football will be back soon enough.
Three teams wrap up their sessions and we're taking a look at each. Here's what to expect from Iowa at its annual spring scrimmage.
When: 3 p.m. ET Saturday
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
Admission: Free. Fans are invited to join Iowa and the Johnson County Crisis Center in bringing nonperishable food items for the ANF Food Bank Drive. Collection bins will be found at all the open entrances to the stadium. The west and south stands are open for seating, and fans can enter through Gates A, F and G. Free parking is available in all university lots around the stadium.
TV: Streaming at BTN2Go.com
Weather forecast: Mostly sunny, high of 73 degrees, winds at 15 mph
What to watch for: The Hawkeyes will pit the offense against the defense and use a modified scoring system that, in addition to standard scores, awards points for explosion plays (runs of 12 of more yards, passes of 16 or more yards), takeaways, three-and-outs, quarterback "sacks" and sudden changes (when the offense starts inside the 35-yard line and is held to a field goal or no points). Check out the points breakdown here.
Iowa typically doesn't reveal much during its spring scrimmages, and most of the key spots are nailed down, such as at quarterback (Jake Rudock) and middle linebacker (Quinton Alston). The event provides fans a chance to check out the new linebackers, led by Alston but also featuring Travis Perry and Reggie Spearman.
The Hawkeyes look very solid up front but must fill holes at both free safety, where Jordan Lomax and Anthony Gair are competing, and at one cornerback spot, where Maurice Fleming and Sean Draper are listed as co-starters on the latest depth chart. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker said this week that John Lowdermilk is trying to hold off Nico Law at strong safety.
The receivers have generated buzz this spring as Iowa continues to ramp up the tempo, seeking explosiveness on offense. Familiar names such as Kevonte Martin-Manley, Tevaun Smith and Jacob Hillyer are back, but fans can get a glimpse of redshirt freshman Derrick Willies, a 6-foot-4 perimeter threat, as well as sophomore Matt VandeBerg, who has received high marks from the coaches. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis said VandeBerg can line up at more than one wideout spot.
Line play should be Iowa's strength this season -- as it is with the Hawkeyes' better teams under Kirk Ferentz -- so it will be interesting to see the top players work in the scrimmage. There's some competition at one defensive end spot between Mike Hardy and Nate Meier, and the left offensive guard position remains fluid.
Again, it's Iowa, so don't expect any major revelations Saturday. But the forecast looks great and fans should be geared up for a team that carries higher expectations into 2014.