Dienhart: Big Ten spring football dates are officially in

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Dienhart: Big Ten spring football dates are officially in

Ohio State punctuated its national championship in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 12 when it whipped Oregon, 42-20. But it’s already time to begin the build toward 2015 with spring football. And, all of the Big Ten dates are in.

The first to start: Michigan on February 24, the first day Jim Harbaugh will blow a whistle in his highly anticipated debut. The Wolverines also will finish first, playing a spring game on April 4.

The last to start: Rutgers on March 30. The Scarlet Knights will finish April 24.

The latest games are at Wisconsin, Michigan State and Iowa, which all play April 25.

Five schools finish spring ball on April 18: Illinois; Indiana; Ohio State; Penn State; Purdue.

Here is a look at when each team starts and ends spring football.

Illinois

Practice starts: March 14
Spring game: April 18

Indiana

Practice starts: March 26
Spring game: April 18

Iowa

Practice starts: March 25
Spring game: April 25

Maryland

Practice starts: March 2
Spring game: April 11

Michigan

Practice starts: February 24
Spring game: April 4

Michigan State

Practice starts: March 24
Spring game: April 25

Minnesota

Practice starts: March 3
Spring game: April 11

Nebraska

Practice starts: March 7
Spring game: April 11

Northwestern

Practice starts: February 25
Spring game: April 4 or 11 (not really a “game”)

Ohio State

Practice starts: March 10
Spring game: April 18

Penn State

Practice starts: March 20
Spring game: April 18

Purdue

Practice starts: March 10
Spring game: April 18

Rutgers

Practice starts: March 30
Spring game: April 24

Wisconsin

Practice starts: March 15
Spring game: April 25

* TV information will be available at a later date

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