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It’s on: 43 spring games on tap to whet your football appetite

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Thanks to Bobby Petrino‘s motorcycle misstep and subsequent firing, there’s one thing that’s been lost of in recent days: Spring Practice 2012 is rapidly winding to a way-too-soon conclusion.

To that end, a whopping 43 teams — if our math is correct — will conduct their annual spring games Saturday.  From seven members of the Big Ten to six apiece in the SEC and ACC, each of the 11 conferences will have at least one team putting the finishing touches on the last — in most cases — of its 15 spring sessions.

And, of course, we’ here at CFT will have you covered throughout.  This post will serve as a “landing page” for all of our spring coverage, replete with all sorts of links, tidbits and other minutia from today’s games and will be updated throughout the afternoon and into the evening — or night as the case may be.

So, enjoy this little break from the off-field soap operas and bask in the last “real” football — aside from a handful of spring games the next couple of weekends — for the next five months or so.

— Relieved Trojans get through spring game unscathed. (April 15, 12:36 a.m. ET)

Big Ten spring games wrap-up. (April 15, 1:11 a.m. ET)

— Spring game officially launches post-Moore era at Boise State. (11:54 p.m. ET)

— Stanford headlines Pac-12 spring games wrap-up. (10:36 p.m. ET)

SEC spring games wrap-up. (10:18 p.m. ET)

ACC spring games wrap-up. (8:57 p.m. ET)

— Oklahoma goes beyond Belldozer package in spring game in this Big 12 wrap-up. (7:21 p.m. ET)

— Defense takes advantage of a (basically) Denard-less Michigan offense. (6:59 p.m. ET)

Newcomers shine, McCarron struggles in Tide’s A-Day spring finale. (6:18 p.m. ET)

Big East spring games wrap-up. (4:37 p.m. ET)

— Mother Nature wreaking havoc on Midwest spring games, the Big Ten in particular. (2:42 p.m. ET)

— Due to inclement weather — and by “inclement weather” we mean “OMG, we’re all gonna die!!!” — Indiana’s spring game was moved indoors. (1:12 p.m. ET)

— Purdue has cancelled its spring game scheduled for today due to rainy weather.  Instead, the Boilermakers will conduct a scrimmage indoors, which will be closed to the public. (12:41 p.m. ET)

— Leading WR one of a dozen ‘Noles to miss spring game

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.

Video: There’s nothing wrong with Cardale Jones

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In the minds of some in the media and even more in the fan base, Ohio State in general and Cardale Jones specifically have been underwhelming through the first five games of the 2015 season.

Jones, in particular, has been a rather large target of much of the angst.  Coming off a Cinderella-like three-game postseason run that helped OSU to a national championship, the perception is that Jones has been underwhelming and underperforming; even head coach Urban Meyer appeared to be leaning in that direction as he considered making the switch to J.T. Barrett prior to the Western Michigan win before reaffirming his commitment to the redshirt junior.

Is that perception valid?  Statistically, he’s not that far off from where he was in the 2014 postseason, at least in a couple of categories.

He’s completing 61.3 percent of his passes this season compared to 59.4 percent in the games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.  It was 9.9 yards per attempt in that three-game stretch last season, 8.2 in five games this season.  When it comes to scoring and turning the ball over, however, that’s another matter entirely.

He threw a touchdown pass every 15 pass attempts in the 2014 postseason; this season, it’s one every 21 attempts.  Even more glaring, he’s currently throwing an interception every 21 attempts as well.  During the run that made him a household name, it was one pick every 37.5 throws.

So, fewer touchdowns plus more turnovers equals validation of the angst, right?  Not so fast, at least as far as the college arm of Pro Football Focus goes.