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A complete schedule of FBS spring football games

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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.

ACC

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 & Pac12.com)

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)

SEC

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

Independents

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

AAC

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

MAC

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

Georgia raises ticket prices following Kirby Smart hire

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 28: A general view of the Sanford Stadium before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers on September 28, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Running a college athletics department is only getting more expensive, so attending a college football game will only get more expensive. Or, at least attending a Georgia game will.

Bulldogs president Jere Morehead and athletics director Greg McGarity revealed Thursday per-seat donations would rise an average of 17 percent for priority season ticket holders beginning in the 2017 season.

“It’s in anticipation of things that are ahead,” McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald.

Cost-of-attendance scholarships bumped that line item up $766,000, and other costs across the department added an additional $5.3 million to the budget. All this while Georgia is building a new indoor facility and replacing Mark Richt and his staff while hiring Kirby Smart and his new staff.

“Those projects are going to be expensive,” Morehead said. “The cost of operating our athletic program each year continues to rise particularly as you look at the enhancements that are being provided to our student-athletes and to the support that we’re providing our student-athletes.”

The bump in prices will raise an extra $2.5 million for Georgia, and represents the first time Bulldogs fans have been asked to ante up since 2005.

“We wanted to be respectable in the increase to not price people out of a certain area but we did feel like we needed to make an adjustment,” said McGarity. “We want to continue to encourage people to come to games. We’ve got our work cut out to make sure (that happens).”

Ohio State to host Tulane in 2018

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 6:  The Ohio State Buckeyes kickoff to the Virginia Tech Hokies at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The Fighting Frites are heading to the Horseshoe.

Ohio State and Tulane announced a one-time game to be played in Columbus on Sept. 22, 2018.

“Tulane enhances and completes a non-conference schedule in 2018 that already includes Power 5 conference teams TCU and Oregon State,” Ohio State deputy AD Martin Jarmond said in a statement. “The Green Wave is part of a fine American Athletic Conference, which produced a New Year’s Day 6 bowl winner last year [Houston over Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl], so its first trip to Ohio Stadium should be exciting for our students and fans.”

The two teams have never met previously. Tulane last faced a Big Ten team on Sept. 27, 2014, a 31-6 loss at Rutgers. Ohio State last faced an American Athletic Conference program in the 2014 opener, a 34-17 Buckeyes win over Navy in Annapolis, Md.

We are excited for the opportunity to play Ohio State, one of the premier programs in the country,” Tulane executive associate athletics director Brandon Macneill said in a statement.  “Our coaching staff and players, along with our fans are eager to play against the very best and this should be a great game.  There will be a significant number of Tulanians from around the country joining us at the Horseshoe.”

Adding Tulane completes Ohio State’s 2018 non-conference schedule; the Buckeyes host Oregon State on Sept. 1 and visit TCU on Sept. 15. Tulane still lacks two games for 2018 but is slated to visit Georgia Tech on Sept. 8.

Georgia AD apologizes for giving Ludacris everything he demanded for spring game concert

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The University of Georgia paid Ludacris $65,000 to perform a concert at Georgia’s spring football game, and now the athletics director is apologizing for catering to every demand made by the artist.

In a meeting with the Georgia athletic board of directors, athletics director Greg McGarity offered an apology for giving in to a lengthy list of demands from Ludacris, which included condoms and alcohol.

“I do want to take this opportunity to apologize to our board for mistakes we made with certain aspects of the details of an entertainment agreement,” McGarity said, according to The Athens Banner-Herald. “Few things in my professional life have bothered me more than this situation. There are no reruns in life so we need to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and do everything we can to make sure errors of this nature do not reoccur.”

Georgia set a school attendance record for its spring game with an estimated total of 93,000 fans coming out for the first spring game under new head coach Kirby Smart. Of course, more than a few of those fans were encouraged to come out to see Ludacris perform, so it all worked out well for Georgia even if some people were not happy with the goods supplied to him during his stay.

“Some more than others as far as different age groups,” McGarrity said of the people expressing their displeasure with Georgia’s hospitality. “It was all over the map. I think there were a lot of things that came into play.”

Auburn RB Roc Thomas apparently heading to Jacksonville State

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 6: Running back Roc Thomas #9 of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball in for a touchdown as offensive linesman Jordan Diamond #76 of the Auburn Tigers blocks safety Forrest Hightower #12 of the San Jose State Spartans on September 6, 2014 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn defeated San Jose State 59-13.  (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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Auburn running back Roc Thomas is possibly looking to join one of the top programs from the FCS ranks. Reports today surfaced suggesting Thomas is looking to transfer to Jacksonville State, although another report says he has yet to ask Auburn for a request to transfer.

During a radio interview, Jay G. Tate of AuburnSports.com said Thomas is likely on his way to Jacksonville State…

As that message was spreading around the college football landscape, largely under the ominous storm cloud from Waco, Texas, SEC Country updated their report by saying Thomas has not yet made a request to transfer from Auburn. That may have been accurate, but may not suggest a transfer to Jacksonville State is off the table. It could just be a matter of semantics, where Thomas is set to join the Jacksonville State program but still must go through the formalities of transferring from Auburn.

Thomas does have two years of eligibility remaining.