College Football Spring Games 2012: TV Info and What to Watch for in Spring Ball

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 16:  Head football coach Brady Hoke talks with his team during the annual Spring Game at Michigan Stadium on April 16, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Itching for some real live college football action and not the old-school classic games currently being shown on TV right now? 

Have no fear, because spring games are about to be in full swing, and there are several top teams whose games will be televised for your enjoyment. Some aren't on TV, but you can still easily watch them online. 

The 2012 college football season is many months away, but it's never to early to get amped up for the best sport in America. (Yeah, I said it, take that NFL!) 

Some elite programs have held their spring games already, but the bulk of teams will be going at it in the middle of April.

With that said, here's the info on where to watch this year's top spring games, as well as my thoughts on some big stories for some of these teams. 


TV Info

Team  Date  Time (ET) Network/Live Stream 
Florida Gators Sat., April 7 1:00 p.m. Sun Sports, FCS Atlantic and GatorVision
Michigan Wolverines Sat., April 14 12:00 p.m. Big Ten Network and BTN2Go
Miami Hurricanes Sat., April 14 2:00 p.m. (subject to blackout)
Alabama Crimson Tide Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m. (subject to blackout)
Auburn Tigers Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m (subject to blackout)
Georgia Bulldogs Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m (subject to blackout)
North Carolina Tar Heels Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m 
Clemson Tigers  Sat., April 14 4:00 p.m. (subject to blackout)
Florida State Seminoles Sat., April 14 4:00 p.m. 
Vanderbilt Commodores
Sat., April 14 7:00 p.m (subject to blackout)
N.C State Wolfpack Sat., April 21 1:00 p.m. 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Sat., April 21 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Mississippi State Bulldogs Sat., April 21 2:00 p.m. (subject to blackout)
Arkansas Razorbacks
Sat., April 21 3:00 p.m. 
Virginia Tech Hokies Sat., April 21 4:00 p.m.
Oregon Ducks Sat., April 28 2:00 p.m.
Michigan State Spartans Sat., April 28 1:00 p.m. Big Ten Network and BTN2Go


Big Storylines to Follow 

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 22:  Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks at Tommy Rees #11 during a game against the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 22, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. USC defeate
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Fighting Irish QB Battle 

Notre Dame has four solid options for its starting QB in 2012, and whoever shines brightest during the spring game will have a leg up over the others. 

Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel will be giving it their all this offseason, but Brian Kelly can only choose one. 

Everyone has their opinions on who should start, but the spring game will definitely give us more information on who's really out in front. 

It's easy to see that Brian Kelly will have many sleepless nights during the offseason, as he has the difficult task of figuring out a starting QB once again. 


Fresh Faces at Alabama 

The defending national champs will look quite different this spring. The dominant players from the title team are off to the NFL, and now it's time for other player to make a name for themselves. 

With A.J. McCarron returning, the offense may have the advantage over the defense in the spring for a change. 

However, Nick Saban has been recruiting at an extremely high level since taking over as head coach for Alabama, so the Crimson Tide are stocked with great talent on both sides of the ball.

The run game is also something to watch for in the spring game. With Eddie Lacy out, the focus will turn to Dee Hart, T.J. Yeldon and Jalston Fowler as the Crimson Tide look to find their next biggest star at RB. Following behind Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson is going to be no easy task. 

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
Dave Martin/Getty Images


SEC QB Battles 

Florida and Auburn are the premier SEC teams with big battles at the QB position, and both Gene Chizik and Will Muschamp are hoping a true threat emerges in the spring game.

For the Gators, Jacoby Brissett vs. Jeff Driskel is heating up, and new offensive coordinator Brent Pease has a tough task of coaching both players while also trying to figure out which one has the best star potential. 

It wouldn't be a surprise to see both QBs play next season, but if one is clearly better than the other heading into fall camp, the wise move would be to pick him and never look back. Of course, a lot can change during the season, though, so this is a QB battle to watch for all 2012. 

For the Tigers, Clint Moseley vs. Kiehl Frazier will also be an intriguing matchup during the offseason. Frazier didn't throw a ton last year, but with new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler calling the shots, the sophomore is going to get plenty of opportunities. 

Shoulder problems prevent Moseley from participating in a spring scrimmage. Frazier took advantage of it and did a solid job running the show. The spring game should also tell us a great deal about whether Frazier or Moesely is in the lead. 




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