2012 Spring Practice Schedules: College Football's Hibernation Ends

The 2012 college football season is threatening to leave you behind if you don't hurry up and read some things about spring practice.

There are approximately three things you need to know about offseason college football. The first is that it's already happening everywhere anyway, as some teams have already started their official spring practices, but the rest have all been doing offseason workouts for some time now. When your friends complain about football never, ever stopping, just show them this. It really never does!

The second is that rosters will completely change by the time non-spring football begins. Most incoming freshmen still have yet to take their first classes, players will be arrested, players will be injured, players will be "injured," and we've still got seven months worth of transfers still to go. Don't get too attached to anybody.

And the third is that spring games, which conclude spring festivities, are one of the most important events on the college football calendar. A team's complete depth chart will be set in stone on this date, early enrollees will establish their entire four-year careers as successes or JOKES, and fan attendance will determine exactly how warm the head coach's seat is entering the season. The whole upper bowl was empty? He's got four games worth of rope. A bad spring game sets up a program for so much failure, worst of all being a bad spring game the next year.

Here's the spring football schedule as best we know it. These things are never unilaterally organized. Some teams have yet to announce their spring games, some aren't having spring games, and some teams may have vanished without anybody noticing. Please send in any corrections.

Here we go, with portions checked against lists compiled by College Football Talk and Bryan Fischer, followed by some important observations:

Team Spring Practice Starts Spring Game

Air Force March 5

Akron March 20 April 21

Alabama April 14

Arizona March 5 April 14

Arizona State March 13 April 21

Arkansas March 14 April 21

Arkansas State March 12 April 14

Army February 13 March 9

Auburn March 21 April 14

Ball State March 27 April 21

Baylor March 19 April 14

Boise State March 12 April 14

Bowling Green March 16 April 13

Buffalo March 20 April 14

BYU March 5 March 30

Central Florida March 13 April 14

Central Michigan March 13 April 14

Cincinnati March 1 April 14

Clemson March 7 April 14

Colorado March 10 April 14

Colorado State March 21 April 21

Duke February 22 March 31

East Carolina March 19 April 14

Eastern Michigan March 13 April 15

Florida April 7

Florida Atlantic March 19 April 14

Florida State March 19 April 14

Fresno State February 28 March 25

Georgia March 20 April 14

Georgia Tech March 26 April 20

Hawai'i March 17

Houston March 21 April 13

Idaho March 22 April 20

Illinois March 7 April 14

Indiana March 3 April 14

Iowa March 24 April 14

Iowa State March 20 April 14

Kansas March 27 April 28

Kansas State April 4 April 28

Kent State March 27 April 21

Louisiana Tech March 16 April 14

Louisville March 21 April 14

LSU March 1 March 31

Maryland March 10 April 21

Memphis February 22 March 31

Miami March 3 April 14

Miami (Ohio) March 28 April 28

Michigan March 17 April 14

Michigan State March 27 April 28

Middle Tennessee March 17 April 14

Missouri March 6 April 14

N.C. State March 23 April 21

Navy March 19 April 14

Nebraska March 4 April 14

New Mexico State March 29 April 28

North Carolina March 14 April 14

North Texas March 26 April 21

Northern Illinois March 28 April 21

Northwestern March 3 April 14

Notre Dame March 21 April 21

Ohio March 27 April 21

Ohio State March 28 April 21

Oklahoma March 5 April 14

Oklahoma State March 12 April 21

Ole Miss March 23 April 21

Oregon April 3 April 28

Oregon State April 3 April 28

Penn State March 26 April 21

Pittsburgh March 15 April 14

Purdue March 7 April 14

Rutgers March 27 April 28

San Diego State February 21 March 18

San Jose State March 6 April 13

SMU April 2

South Alabama February 15 March 24

South Carolina March 12 April 14

South Florida March 21

Southern Miss March 5 April 14

Stanford March 27 April 14

Syracuse March 20 April 21

TCU February 25 April 5

Temple March 12 April 14

Tennessee March 26 April 21

Texas February 23 April 1

Texas A&M March 31 April 28

Texas State February 25 March 31

Texas Tech February 17 March 24

Toledo March 14 April 13

Tulane February 22 March 24

Tulsa March 6 April 7

UAB March 28 April 21

UConn March 20 April 21

UL-Lafayette February 28 March 31

UNLV March 9

USC March 6 April 14

UT-San Antonio March 19 April 15

Utah March 21 April 21

Utah State March 27 April 28

Vanderbilt March 16 April 14

Virginia March 19 April 14

Virginia Tech March 28 April 21

Wake Forest March 1 April 14

Washington State March 22 April 21

West Virginia March 11 April 21

Western Kentucky March 19 April 14

Western Michigan March 16 April 14

Wisconsin March 17 April 28

Wyoming March 19 April 21

Ah Yes, Here We Are: The TCU Horned Frogs enjoy 40 days worth of spring football, while the Oregon Ducks get it all done in 25. Each punch line is obvious and yours for the taking.

Spring Football Itself Features Non-Spring Football: Beginning spring practice before the 2012 vernal equinox (March 20 at 1:14 a.m. ET) are more than 60 teams, with six (the Georgia Bulldogs, Iowa St. Cyclones, Syracuse Orange, Connecticut Huskies, Buffalo Bulls, and Akron Zips) starting spring football mere hours after spring begins. It makes sense that South Alabama wants to get an early jump on things, as they've never done this before, and hail the Army Black Knights for leading us into 2012 just days after the Super Bowl, but what's your rush, Texas Tech Red Raiders?

The SEC Secrecy Society: Until this weekend, most of the SEC had yet to reveal when it would begin not letting reporters into its spring practices anyway. But, Monday morning, only three schools had spring game dates but no spring practice start dates and remained shrouded: Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban Padawan Will Muschamp's Florida Gators, and the mighty Akron Zips, piloted by Terry Bowden. An SEC man to the end, Akron has now relented.

The Most Spring Football Days: March 19 is not spring, but still features more schools starting spring football than any other date. But more than 40 teams all hold their spring games on April 14, by far the most "spring game date" on the 2012 calendar. Practice attendance braggadocio will be at its peak on this date. It's kind of like pollen, except the best way to avoid it is to stay outside.

Friday Night Lights: Schools with Friday spring games: the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, BYU Cougars, Houston Cougars, San Jose St. Spartans, Bowling Green Falcons, Toledo Rockets, and Idaho Vandals. And of course Army, who must appear in every category. Just missing: TCU, scheduled for a Thursday, so as to free up the weekend, OH NO, TCU PLAYERS FREE FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND!

Something Something Something Faith Hill: Sunday night football participants: the Texas Longhorns, Fresno St. Bulldogs, Eastern Michigan Eagles, and UT-San Antonio. Also Fresno State's going on a Wednesday!

Eying The Attendance Scoreboard: Rivals holding their spring games on the same days: Alabama and Auburn, Georgia and Auburn, Stanford and USC, Clemson and South Carolina, Florida State and Miami, Iowa and Iowa State, Oregon and Oregon State, and Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. It's true! Wake Forest and Vanderbilt play a rivalry game! They hate each other. Florida and Tulsa are not rivals.

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