Spring football will again be in full swing Saturday, April 15 with 27 college football teams taking part in games in front of fans.
Some of the biggest names in the sport will be on display as Ohio State, Texas, Michigan and USC will all be in action. Here’s a complete rundown of Saturday’s spring football schedule:
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How will Louisville QB Lamar Jackson look?
The 2016 Heisman winner will be back on the field Saturday, leading Louisville’s red team. Jackson had a remarkable season as a sophomore and filled up highlight reels and box scores alike. But his season didn’t end the same way it started. The Cardinals lost their last three games of the 2016 campaign, including a bowl loss to LSU. And in those games, Jackson wasn’t the same player he was in the first 10 weeks of the season.
Jackson was limited to 186 total yards (153 passing and 33 rushing) against LSU, a season low. What will he look like on Saturday? He’ll probably have limited touches in the scrimmage, and defensive players won’t be going full speed at Jackson, but it would still be a good sight for Cardinals fans to see glimpses of the player who ran away with the Heisman last year.
Texas coach Tom Herman’s burnt orange debut
Herman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator, is now in charge of one of the most notable programs in the country. He’ll make his debut in burnt orange before Texas fans on Saturday. The Longhorns struggled to find their footing in the Charlie Strong era, and the team lost seven games in each of the last three seasons. Herman, meanwhile, turned Houston into a formidable program out of the American Athletic Conference, and his teams went 22-4 in his two seasons since he left Columbus. Texas fans will be hungry for him to pick up wins in Austin. The good news? He can’t lose on Saturday.
Who will set the high-mark for attendance?
With some big programs playing in big stadiums, there are going to be large attendance marks across the country Saturday. Ohio State has already announced a sellout (albeit in a currently-being-renovated Ohio Stadium that will hold 82,000), and the Buckeyes set the bar last year with a spring game attendance just north of 100,000. Nebraska had nearly 73,000 fans at last year’s spring game, and maybe more could turn out to see Bob Diaco’s new defense. Michigan, USC, Oklahoma State and West Virginia could also see their stadiums fill up.