staff, February 8, 2013

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 for coming updates on how to watch these events.

Illinois March 5 April 12
Indiana March 2 April 13
Iowa March 27 April 27 (final practice)
Michigan March 16 April 13
Michigan State March 19 April 20
Minnesota March 26 April 27
Nebraska March 2 April 6
Northwestern February 27 April 13
Ohio State March 5 April 13
Penn State March 18 April 20
Purdue March 19 April 13
Wisconsin March 9 April 20

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.

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