How to follow your favorite school during 2014 spring football season
Can’t wait for late August to come around? Hopefully spring football can hold you over, and some of your favorite teams have already hit the field in preparations for the fall. Here are the key spring dates for each team in the Conference of Champions:
RichRod will begin to get an idea of who will be his new starting QB when the Wildcats begin the spring festivities March 3, and fans will get a live-action look at who this guy might be with the spring game April 20.
The Wildcats open the 2014 campaign in earnest against UNLV on Aug. 29.
More coverage: ArizonaWildcats.com
Followers of the Feared Fork only have to wait two more weeks before the start of ASU spring practice on Tuesday, March 18. Spring proceedings conclude Saturday, April 19. Meanwhile, ASU’s NFL hopefuls will participate in the school’s pro day March 7.
Things get real deal Holyfield for Arizona State with the 2014 season opener against Weber State on Aug. 28.
More coverage: TheSunDevils.com
While Deandre Coleman, Khairi Fortt and Richard Rodgers will get ready for Cal’s pro day on March 18, returning Bears will have to wait until the end of the month for the start of spring practice March 31, with the spring game coming your way April 26.
Sonny Dykes’ second season starts Aug. 30 with a date in Evanston against Northwestern.
More coverage: CalBears.com
The Buffs open things March 7 and conclude proceedings with a spring game on April 12. NFL scouts will be in Boulder on March 12, Colorado’s pro day.
Tee season opener for the Sefo Liufau-led Buffaloes is Aug. 30 against Colorado State in Denver.
More coverage: CUBuffs.com
Marcus Mariota begins his quest to dethrone Stanford and take the Pac-12 North with the opening of spring ball April 1. Oregon is part of a two-team group to have the latest spring games in the Pac-12 on May 3, and will make ‘em count starting Aug. 30 with the season opener against South Dakota.
Another important spring date is Oregon’s pro day on March 13.
More coverage: GoDucks.com
Sean Mannion will begin prepping for his last season as a collegiate quarterback with the first spring practice March 31. Not wanting the Quacks to have the spotlight all to themselves on May 3, Oregon State will also hold its spring game on that day (although the Civil War rivals don’t share the same pro day, with the Beavs’ coming March 14, a day after).
The Vikings of Portland State will invade Reser Stadium Aug. 30 to try to hand the Beavers another season-opening loss to an FCS school.
More coverage: OSUBeavers.com
The two-time defending Pac-12 champs have already put on the spring pads, having first gotten out there Feb. 24. Pro day will take place March 20, followed by the spring game on April 12 at 1 p.m.
It’ll be an FCS foe for Stanford to start out the regular season, as the Card lifts the lid on 2014 with UC Davis Aug. 30.
More coverage: GoStanford.com
The Bru Cru will rise early April 1 for the beginning of spring practice, and you’re more than welcome to be there, provided you feel like getting to Spaulding Field by 7 a.m. Spring stuff ends April 26 with the Spring Showcase. UCLA’s pro day is March 11.
Mora and Co. will head on over to Charlottesville for the Aug. 30 opener against Virginia.
More coverage: uclabruins.com
Just one more week till Sark leads the Trojans onto the field for the first spring session March 11. Your first look at a new-look, up-tempo Trojans offense in live action will be April 19, the date of the spring game. USC is holding its pro day for its potential NFL studs on March 12.
The Trojans have one of the juicier season openers in the Pac-12 with an Aug. 30 showdown against Fresno State.
More coverage: USCTrojans.com
Utes fans will have to wait a week longer than USC supporters as quarterback Travis Wilson will make his return to football (in non-contact fashion) when Utah opens spring practice on March 18, while Kyle Whittingham will lead his boys onto the field for the spring game April 26. In the meantime, Utah’s pro day is March 19.
Idaho State comes to SLC for the 2014 opener on Aug. 28.
More coverage: UtahUtes.cstv.com
The Chris Petersen Era begins in earnest with the start of spring ball March 4. The Dawgs are breaking the spring into two segments, taking a two-week break after the March 15 session and returning April 1. No spring game, per se, but the final practice session April 19 at 1 p.m. will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The pro day at U-Dub is April 2.
A vacation destination for many but not for the Dawgs, Washington travels to Hawai’i to open the 2014 season on Aug. 30.
More coverage: GoHuskies.com
Washington State’s pro day March 13 comes two weeks before the Palouse Crew starts spring practice on March 27. The spring game will be nearly a month later on April 26, while the Cougs begin their quest for a second straight bowl game Aug. 28 in Seattle against Rutgers.
More Coverage: WSUCougars.com