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A complete schedule of FBS spring football games


Unless you’re a Pitt or Texas A&M fan, you’re within a couple of weeks until your school wraps up spring practice with an annual spring game at its football stadium. Here’s a handy list of when every FBS program is playing its spring game, and if you’re really into watching weird scoring systems and fourth-string offensive linemen you can even catch some of these on TV or online.


Friday, April 11: Louisville

Saturday, April 12: Boston College, Clemson (on ESPNU, 3 p.m. EST), Florida State (ESPN, 3 p.m. EST), Miami (ESPN3, 6 p.m. EST), N.C. State, North Carolina (ESPN3, 3 p.m. EST), Virginia

Friday, April 18: Georgia Tech (ESPN3, 7 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Virginia Tech (ESPN3, 2 p.m. EST), Wake Forest

Already played: Duke

No game: Pitt

Big 12

Saturday, April 5: Baylor, TCU

Saturday, April 12: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech (Fox Sports Southwest, 12 p.m. EST), West Virginia

Saturday, April 19: Texas (Longhorn Network, 2 p.m. EST)

Saturday: April 26: Kansas State

No game: Oklahoma State (open practice, 2:30 p.m. EST)

Big Ten

Saturday, April 5: Michigan

Friday, April 11: Maryland

Saturday, April 12: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin (Big Ten Network, 4 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Michigan State, Iowa, Rutgers

Pac-12 (all games televised on Pac-12 Network &

Saturday, April 12: Arizona (4 p.m. EST), Colorado (2 p.m. EST), Stanford (4 p.m., EST)

Saturday, April 19: Arizona State (2 p.m. EST), USC (4 p.m. EST), Utah (3 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 26: Cal (2 p.m. EST), UCLA (8 p.m. EST), Washington State (4 p.m. EST)

May 3: Oregon (2 p.m. EST), Oregon State (4 p.m EST)


Saturday, April 5: LSU, Ole Miss

Saturday, April 12: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina (12 p.m. EST, ESPNU), Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Saturday, April 19: Alabama (2 p.m., ESPNU), Auburn (3 p.m., ESPN), Mizzou

Saturday, April 26: Arkansas (2 p.m., Cox Sports TV), Kentucky

No game: Texas A&M


Saturday, March 29: BYU

Friday, April 11: Navy

Saturday, April 12: Notre Dame (NBC Sports Network, 12:30 p.m. EST)

Saturday, April 19: Army


Saturday, March 29: USF

Saturday, April 5: Cincinnati, SMU

Friday, April 11: Houston, Memphis

Saturday, April 12: UConn, ECU, Tulsa, UCF

Saturday, April 16: Temple

Already played: Tulane (open practice)

Conference USA

Saturday, April 5: FAU

Friday, April 11: Rice, UTEP

Saturday, April 12: FIU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas Old Dominion

Friday, April 18: UAB

Saturday, April 19: Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky

Saturday, April 26: UTSA, Marshall


Saturday, April 5: Bowling Green

Saturday, April 12: Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Toledo

Wednesday, April 16: UMass

Saturday, April 19: Akron, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan

Saturday, April 26: Kent State

Saturday, May 3: Miami

TBD: Buffalo, Central Michigan

Mountain West

Wednesday, March 19: Air Force

Saturday, March 22: San Jose State

Wednesday, March 26: San Diego State

Saturday, April 5: Fresno State

Friday, April 11: UNLV

Saturday, April 12: Boise State, Utah State

Saturday, April 19: Colorado State

Saturday, April 26: Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada

Sun Belt

Saturday, March 29: Troy

Friday, April 4: Appalachian State

Saturday, April 5: South Alabama

Saturday, April 12: Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State

Friday, April 18: Arkansas State

Saturday, April 19: New Mexico State

Friday, April 25: Idaho

Vols ‘very confident there was no inappropriate conduct’ between Butch Jones, player

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches the action during a game against the Chattanooga Mocs at Neyland Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”

Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.

At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August.  The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.

“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”

Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.

Michigan’s keeping ‘fingers crossed’ for leading rusher’s availability

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Michigan played without its leading rusher in Week 5.  The Wolverines are hoping there won’t be a repeat in Week 6.

De'Veon Smith sustained a lower-leg injury in the Week 4 win over BYU and didn’t travel with the team for last Saturday’s win over Maryland.  Smith has been practicing with his teammates throughout the first few days of this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh is guardedly optimistic that the running back will be available for what’s turned into a huge Big Ten matchup with Northwestern Saturday in the Big House.

“He’s practicing and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’s going to stay good and be ready to play,” Harbaugh said during a radio appearance Thursday morning. “But we’ll (keep) looking at that every day.”

Despite essentially missing a game and a half, Smith currently leads the Wolverines with 331 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. He’s added four receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield the first four games.

Should Smith be unable to go again, the Wolverines have three other backs with at least 100 yards on the ground: Ty Isaac (187, 7.2 yards per carry), Drake Johnson (125, 4.2 ypc) and Derrick Green (100, 3.3 ypc).

In addition to Smith, Harbaugh is hopeful Channing Stribling will be available this weekend as well.  The starting cornerback didn’t play against the Cougars because of injury