College football spring games are underway and this weekend will be one of the biggest in terms of spring games and here are five to watch.
You might have missed it a couple of weeks ago but I recently wrote about how I think college football could find a better way to do “spring football.”
I think the idea of exhibitions against other programs, almost like a preseason game is a good idea. Some coaches are on board and some aren’t.
At any rate, maybe college football fans will feel different after taking in some spring games this weekend because there are a bunch on the schedule.
Not many are actually on national TV or anything but if you are determined, you can do nothing but watch spring college football games on Saturday.
If that is your plan for this weekend, here are five spring college football games that would be worth watching.
Ohio State 12 PM EST (Big Ten Network)
The Buckeyes are looking for their new starting quarterback and this spring game will give fans a look at the quarterback competition.
Unfortunately, Devin Brown isn’t going to play due to an injury. McCord was the favorite going into the spring simply because he was the No. 2 last season and a former 5-star QB. Brown is no slouch but if McCord stands out, he would put himself in a great position to win the job.
Plus, it’s always fun to watch Marvin Harrionson Jr.
Texas 2 PM EST (Longhorn Network)
If you aren’t curious about what Arch Manning looks like in a college football setting, well, I don’t know what to tell you. Manning was the No. 1 ranked quarterback in the 2024 class and the nephew of Peyton and Eli.
I can’t remember a player coming into college football with more hype than Arch and it will be interesting to see what he does in his first opportunity this spring in front of a live audience.
Quinn Ewers is entrenched as a starter and I’m wondering if things will be live with Ewers and Manning, but I’d be lying if I didn’t want to see what the kid can do.
Tennessee 2:30 PM EST (ESPN+/SEC+)
Like Texas, Tennessee has a five-star quarterback that is set to make his debut in Nico Iamaleava, who is ranked third overall in the 247 Sports composite rankings and second among QBs for the 2023 class.
Joe Milton threw 10 touchdown passes last season and didn’t have any interceptions. He’s the assumed starter but I wouldn’t count out Iamaleava and he’s the reason I want to watch the Volunteers, who are also looking to build on their 11-win season that ended with an Orange Bowl title.
Georgia 4 PM EST (ESPN2)
The defending national champions make our list of spring college football games you need to watch. It won’t take long to realize why many believe the Bulldogs have a solid shot at winning three national titles in a row.
However, UGA does need to determine who the starting quarterback is going to be and Saturday could be an important part of that process. Carson Beck, Brock Vandagriff, and Gunner Stockton are all in the mix.
Beck was the backup last season and he seems poised to take over. Yet, Vandagriff was a former five-star QB and Stockton was highly touted too. Georgia won a national title despite starting multiple QBs in 2021 and that could happen again next season.
We’ll at least find out more on Saturday.
Texas A&M 4 PM EST (ESPN+/SEC+)
Following a 5-7 season, Texas A&M desperately needs to turn things around this season, at least it needs to happen if Jimbo Fisher wants to keep his job.
Fisher hired Bobby Petrino, the former Arkansas and Louisville head coach and he’s charged with getting the offense back on track. The athletes are there and Conner Weigman needs to take a step forward, at least if this team wants to win.
So this one will be worth watching. All those highly-touted athletes on defense need to deliver and Petrino needs to get the most out of the Weigman.