Spring has sprung and football is kinda back

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Spring practice takes a little more than a month, and culminates in spring games for most schools. The rules:
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Teams get a maximum of 15 spring practice days, including the intra-squad game that typically caps a spring slate. This doesn’t include sessions when players are limited to the film room or the weight room. Everything has to take place within a 34-day window, but spring break and exam days don’t automatically count toward that. So some schools spread spring practices over a month and a half.

Who are we kidding, though. We’re really just here to gawk at wild spring game crowds, like the one that’ll show up at Ohio State. We’ll see if anyone can top this in 2017.

One of those games is against Mexico at Estadio Azteca, and should probably be written off as a loss for the purposes of this exercise. Three of those games are at home, and those matches are all virtual must-wins. If the USMNT loses to Mexico and wins all of their home games, they’d need to get four more points from their other two road matches to reach to 17 points.

Those games are against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, two beatable opponents, though there’s no such thing as an easy road game in CONCACAF. The USMNT lost away to Honduras during the last qualifying cycle and pulled off a 3-2 comeback win in San Pedro Sula back in 2009. In the previous round of qualifying, in 2017, the USMNT drew 0-0 away to T&T in one of the worst games we’ve ever had the displeasure of watching.

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