College Football Spring Games 2014: When and Where to Watch Marquee Programs

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 4, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Nick Saban during a time out against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As March Madness begins to wind down, college football is just getting revved up.

The college football regular season won't kick off for another five months, but programs across the country are gearing up for 2014 with annual spring games. These games allow coaches to evaluate their players and see some first-year or backup players in game action. 

Not to mention they allow the marquee teams to showcase themselves to the rest of the country.

Here, we'll break down when and where to watch the top teams in action this spring.

2014 College Football Spring Game Schedule (AP Top 25)
Final AP RankTeamDateTime (ET)TV/Live Stream
1Florida StateSat, April 123 p.m.ESPN
2AuburnSat, April 193 p.m.ESPN
3Michigan StateSat, April 262 p.m.Big Ten Network
4South CarolinaSat, April 1212 p.m.ESPNU
5MissouriSat, April 19TBDN/A
6OklahomaSat, April 123 p.m.Fox Sports Southwest
7AlabamaSat, April 192 p.m.ESPNU
8ClemsonSat, April 124 p.m.ESPNU
9OregonSat, May 32 p.m.Pac-12 Network
10Central FloridaSat, April 122 p.m.N/A
11StanfordSat, April 124 p.m.Pac-12 Network
12Ohio StateSat, April 121:30 p.m.Big Ten Network
13BaylorSat, April 5TBDN/A
14LSUSat, April 5TBDN/A
15LouisvilleFri, April 117:30 p.m.N/A
16UCLASat, April 268 p.m.Pac-12 Network
17Oklahoma StateSat, April 52:30 p.m.N/A
18Texas A&MN/AN/AN/A
19USCSat, April 194 p.m.Pac-12 Network
20Notre DameSat, April 1212:30 p.m.NBCSN
21Arizona StateSat, April 192 p.m.Pac-12 Network
22WisconsinSat, April 124 p.m.Big Ten Network
23DukeSat, March 112 p.m.WatchESPN
24VanderbiltSat, April 1211 a.m.N/A
25WashingtonSat, April 194 p.m.Pac-12 Network
NRNebraskaSat, April 122 p.m.BTN2Go
NRMichiganSat, April 52 p.m.Big Ten Network
NRKansas StateSat, April 262 p.m.ULive
NRArizonaSat, April 124 p.m.Pac-12 Network
NRMiami (Fla.)Sat, April 126 p.m.WatchESPN
NRFloridaSat, April 121:30 p.m.GatorVision
NRGeorgiaSat, April 121 p.m.WatchESPN
NRTennesseeSat, April 123 p.m.N/A
NRBoise StateSat, April 12TBDN/A
NRPenn StateSat, April 121:30 p.m.BTN2Go
FBSchedules.com

*Click here to view the complete spring game schedule via FBSchedules.com. 

 

Do Jameis Winston and Defending Champs Have an Encore?

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles signals during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevin C
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The Florida State Seminoles ran the table a year ago, winning every game on their schedule despite relying on a freshman quarterback week after week. 

In time, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston would prove he was no average redshirt freshman. However, Winston and Florida State are set to face immense scrutiny and a brand-new challenge in 2014 as expectations soar through the roof. 

Not to mention spring practices kick off while Winston is still busy leading the Seminoles baseball team, per ESPN College Football on Twitter:

With the Noles' spring game being made available nationwide on ESPN, the talk of a potential championship repeat is sure to begin soon, as college football fans across the map will get an early look at the defending national champions. 

 

Is Auburn Here to Stay?

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Phot
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Exactly one week after Florida State takes to the gridiron for its spring game, BCS National Championship runner-up Auburn will take the stage on ESPN. 

Gus Malzahn's squad was seconds away from securing a second national title in four years last January but couldn't overcome Winston and the Seminoles. But with dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall set to return for his senior season, the Tigers have high hopes for 2014.

The loss of Tre Mason in the backfield certainly hurts, but with a top-10 recruiting class coming in, the Tigers project to be a force in the SEC next season.

 

Will Nick Saban, Alabama Return to the Throne?

A gut-wrenching loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl last November ended Alabama's stretch of dominance. But you can bet Nick Saban's Crimson Tide will be back atop the college football throne in no time.

After all, Alabama secured the top overall 2014 recruiting class, one that features six 5-star prospects, according to 247Sports. Losing quarterback A.J. McCarron certainly hurts Alabama from an experience and leadership standpoint, but there's plenty of talent at Saban's disposal.

Saban expressed optimism following Alabama's first spring practice last month, per RollTide.com:

We're certainly excited about the way the players responded in the offseason program. We had a really good offseason program. A lot of guys really made a lot of improvements, did a lot of work to get in better shape. I really like the attitude that our team had during the offseason program.

No program in America reloads quite like Alabama, and that's why the Crimson Tide are a threat to win it all each and every year. 

 

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