Plan ahead: Spring football dates are in

Are you ready for some spring football? Hey, it’s not the real thing with packed stadiums, marching bands, tailgaters and cheerleaders all pouring their hearts into a regular season game. But, it’s the next best thing to cure your football fix. Northwestern is the first to start, opening spring drills on Feb. 27. Minnesota is the last to open, starting on March 26.

Following is the spring start date for each school and the date for the spring game. Mark your calendars accordingly. And stayed tuned to BTN.com for coming updates on how to watch these events.

SCHOOL PRACTICE STARTS SPRING GAME GET MORE INFO ON YOUR TEAM
Illinois March 5 April 12 FightingIllini.com
Indiana March 2 April 13 IUHoosiers.com
Iowa March 27 April 27 (final practice) Hawkeyesports.com
Michigan March 16 April 13 MGoBlue.com
Michigan State March 19 April 20 MSUSpartans.com
Minnesota March 26 April 27 Gophersports.com
Nebraska March 2 April 6 Huskers.com
Northwestern February 27 April 13 NUsports.com
Ohio State March 5 April 13 OhioStateBuckeyes.com
Penn State March 18 April 20 GoPSUsports.com
Purdue March 19 April 13 Purduesports.com
Wisconsin March 9 April 20 UWBadgers.com

You’ll want to get caught up on your Big Ten football team’s recent Signing Day, too. Lots of new faces joining all 12 Big Ten teams. And I’m always ready to talk Big Ten football, so use the form below to send me your thoughts, comments and questions. I’ll respond to the best ones in my mailbag.

About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men’s basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, read all of his work at btn.com/tomdienhart, and subscribe to his posts via RSS. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below and read all of his previous answers in his reader mailbag section.

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Sean bishop on 4/9/2013 @ 12:23am EDT Said:

Great info! I always check yall out for the news and updates from the Big 10, keep up the great job