Spring College Football Games, NFL Pro Days

March 15, 2024 by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff

ESPN platforms kick off more than 70 hours of spring football programming in mid-March, as spring games and Pro Days take center stage across the college football landscape over the coming months.

More than a dozen Pro Days are slated for ESPN platforms. The two-time College Football Playoff National Champion Georgia Bulldogs kicked things off on Wednesday (March 13). Pro Day events typically include weight room weigh-ins, bench press, vertical and broad jumps, as well as the 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle and position workouts for players entering the 2024 NFL Draft. SportsCenter will have additional coverage of Pro Day action from Oregon, USC, Washington, Michigan and Ohio State.

The first three picks in this years' draft go to the Chicago Bears (from Carolina), the Washington Commanders and the New England Patriots.

The week has been filled with NFL free agent maneuvers such as RB Derrick Henry to Baltimore and Kirk Cousins to Atlanta, just to name two of many.

Spring game action begins with Missouri’s Black & Gold Spring Game on Saturday, March 16 on SECN+ and ESPN+, one of nearly three dozen team exhibitions scheduled for ESPN platforms over the next six weeks. In total, four conferences (ACC, Big 12, SEC and Sun Belt) will be represented across ESPN’s spring college football programming for both pro days and spring games.

Under first year head coach Kalen DeBoer, Alabama’s A-Day exhibition is set for ESPN on Saturday, April 13 at 4 PM ET. ACCN’s spring slate starts Saturday, April 6 with the NC State Spring Game at 2 PM ACC Champion Florida State will be live from the Seminoles’ Garnet and Gold Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 20 at 4 PM

North Carolina will hold a special spring practice on Saturday, April 13 at 10 AM that will air live on ACCN. Coverage will include unique access and sound from players and coaches. A handful of teams will also produce All-Access shows instead of traditional spring football showcases, including Auburn, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Details on air dates and platforms are yet to be determined.

Programming is subject to change.

Spring Games

Date Time (ET) College Football Spring Programming Platform
Sat, Mar 16 2 PM Missouri: Black & Gold Spring Game ESPN+/SECN+
Sat, Apr 6 1 PM Clemson Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  2 PM NC State Spring Game ACCN
Sat, Apr 13 11 AM Houston: Red & White Spring Game Big 12 Now/ESPN+
  Noon Boston College: Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game ACCN
  1 PM Georgia: G-Day ESPN+/SECN+
  1 PM Georgia Tech: White & Gold Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  1 PM Florida: Orange & Blue Game ESPN+/SECN+
  1 PM Tennessee: Orange & White Game ESPN+/SECN+
  1 PM Kentucky: Blue-White Spring Game ESPN+/SECN+
  1 PM Arkansas: Red-White Spring Game ESPN+/SECN+
  2 PM Pittsburgh Spring Game ACCN
  2 PM LSU: National L-Club Spring Game ESPN+/SECN+
  3 PM Virginia Tech Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  4 PM Alabama: A-Day ESPN
  4 PM Miami Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  4 PM Ole Miss: Grove Bowl ESPN+/SECN+
Fri, Apr 19 7 PM Louisville Spring Game ACCN
  7 PM Kennesaw State Spring Game ESPN+
Sat, Apr 20 Noon Georgia Southern: Blue vs. White Spring Game ESPN+
  1 PM Mississippi State: Maroon-White Game ESPN+/SECN+
  1 PM Baylor Spring Game Big 12 Now/ESPN+
  2 PM Texas Spring Game Longhorn
  2 PM Wake Forest Spring Game ACCN
  2 PM Virginia Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  2 PM Texas A&M: Maroon & White Game ESPN+/SECN+
  2 PM Texas Tech Spring Game Big 12 Now/ESPN+
  2 PM Oklahoma Spring Game SoonerVision/ ESPN+
  4 PM Florida State: Garnet and Gold Spring Showcase ACCN
  6 PM Duke: Blue & White Spring Game ACCN
  7 PM Syracuse Spring Game ESPN+/ACCNX
  7 PM South Carolina: Garnet-Black Spring Game ESPN+/SECN+
Sat, Apr 27 Noon West Virginia Spring Game Big 12 Now/ESPN+

Pro Days

Date Time (ET) Pro Day</th > Platform
Wed, Mar 13 10 AM Georgia
Additional coverage from South Carolina
Mon, Mar 18 2 PM Miami ACCNX
Wed, Mar 20 11:30 AM Alabama SECN
  8 PM Texas Longhorn
Fri, Mar 22 10:30 AM Kentucky SECN+
Wed, Mar 27 11:30 AM LSU and Tennessee SECN
Thu, Mar 28 3 PM North Carolina ACCN
TBD TBD Florida State ACCN
TBD TBD Pittsburgh ACCN
TBD TBD Wake Forest ACCN

Coaching Changes

This season, a massive dose of conference realignment changes the college football landscape.

The PAC-12 is essentially gone with just Oregon State and Washington remaining after Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah joined the Big 12, while UCLA USC, Oregon and Washington headed to the B1G. Eventually, Stanford and Cal joined the ACC while that conference also added SMU from the American Athletic Conference.

In addition, these teams will all begin their 2024 campaigns with a different head coach than the one in place at the start of the 2023 season.

AlabamaNick Saban (12-2)Kalen DeBoer

School 2023 Coaches, Records 2024 Opening Day
Arizona Jedd Fisch (10-3) Brent Brennan
Boise State Andy Avalos (5-5), Spencer Danielson (3-1) Spencer Danielson
Boston College Jeff Hafley Bill O'Brien
Duke Mike Elko (7-5), B Trooper Taylor (1-0) Manny Diaz
Houston Dana Holgorsen (4-8) Willie Fritz
Indiana Tom Allen (3-9) Curt Cignetti
James Madison Curt Cignetti (11-1), B Damian Wroblewski (0-1) Bob Chesney
Louisiana-Monroe Terry Bowden (2-10) Bryant Vincent
Michigan Temporary during season opening
3-game suspension of Jim Harbaugh
I Jesse Minter (1-0)
I Jay Harbaugh/Mike Hart (1-0)
I Sherrone Moore (1-0)

Temporary during season ending
3-game suspension of Jim Harbaugh (7-0)
I Sherrone Moore (3-0)

Jim Harbaugh (9-0)
Sherrone Moore
Michigan State Mel Tucker (2-0), I Harlon Bennett (2-8) Jonathan Smith
Middle Tennessee Rick Stockstill (4-8) Derek Mason
Mississippi State Zach Arnett (4-6), IGreg Knox (1-1) Jeff Lebby
Nevada Ken Wilson (2-10) Jeff Choate
New Mexico Danny Gonzales (4-8) Bronco Mendenhall
New Mexico State Jerry Kill (10-4) Tony Sanchez
Northwestern I David Braun (5-5), David Braun (3-0) David Braun
Oregon State Jonathan Smith (8-4), Trent Bray (1-0) Trent Bray
San Jose State Brent Brennan (7-6) Ken Niumatalolo
San Diego State Brady Hoke (4-8) Sean Lewis
South Alabama Kane Wommack (7-6) Major Applewhite
Syracuse Dino Babers (5-6), I Nunzio Campanile (1-1) Fran Brown
Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher (6-4), I Elijah Robinson (1-2) Mike Elko
Troy Jon Sumrall (11-2), B Greg Gasparato (0-1) Gerad Parker
Tulane Willie Fritz (11-2), B Slade Nagle (0-1) Jon Sumrall
UTEP Dana Dimel (3-9) Scotty Walden
Washington Kalen DeBoer (14-1) Jedd Fisch
Wyoming Craig Bohl (9-4) Jay Sawvel

I - interim
B - Bowl Game head coach

(SEE: Coaching Changes)