Odd-ball schools such as Duke and BYU jumped the gun on spring practice and played their spring game in March, but the offseason exhibition season begins in earnest this weekend and extends to the first Saturday of May.
And we'll start off with a doozy.
Right off the bat, the first Saturday of spring-game season brings the culmination of this round of quarterback battles at two of the country's biggest programs: Michigan and LSU. Who among Devin Gardner and Shane Morris (Michigan) and Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris (LSU) will take the momentum into summer workouts?
Elsewhere, 30 percent of the Big 12 finishes up its spring workouts on Saturday, as does the reigning champion of the MAC (Bowling Green) and MWC (Fresno State).
With #NoDisrespectTo South Alabama, Florida Atlantic and FBS newcomer Appalachian State, which will all take the field this weekend as well, we previewed the 12 most important spring games—or open practices in lieu of spring games—on the docket.