Broadcast info and time for Clemson Spring game
ESPN provides a preview of the 2017 college football season when it covers 21 spring games throughout the month of April as teams take the first step towards the College Football Playoff on ESPN (January 1, 2018). The four-week slate includes multiple games nearly every weekend and showcases ESPN.com’s top-ranked teams and key storylines heading into the new season.
Clemson Prepares to Defend Title, Ranked Sixth; No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Florida State, No. 9 LSU, and No. 11 Auburn Showcased
Clemson, last season’s College Football Playoff National Champion, plays their spring game Saturday, April 8, on ACC Network Extra (2:30 p.m.). The sixth-ranked Tigers are one of seven ESPN.com’s ranked teams to be showcased throughout the spring schedule, including No. 1 Alabama Saturday, April 22, on ESPN (3 p.m.).
ESPN.com’s No. 2-ranked Florida State, No. 9 LSU and No. 11 Auburn spring games are among the highest ranked teams which will be featured, with Auburn (2 p.m.) and the Seminoles (3 p.m.) playing April 8 on SEC Network and ESPN, respectively. LSU plays April 22 (8 p.m.), also on SEC Network.
Alabama and Florida State on a Collision Course
The 2017 regular season will open with one of the most-anticipated matchups of the season: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Florida State. ESPN.com’s top two ranked teams will meet in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on September 2 (Time TBD), with the matchup set to air on ESPN/ABC.
Texas’ Tom Herman Makes Spring Football Debut and Alabama-Birmingham Holds First Intra-squad Game in Three Seasons Among Additional Storylines Covered
New Texas head coach Tom Herman makes his spring game debut when the No. 23-ranked Longhorns play their annual game Saturday, April 15, on Longhorn Network (2 p.m.). The network will have programming surrounding the game with more details announced soon.
UAB plays its spring game Saturday, April 1, on ESPN3 (noon), another significant mark in the return of the program which did not participate in the 2015 or 2016 season.
SEC Network begins its month-long spring football coverage also on Saturday, April 1, live from Columbia, S.C. South Carolina’s spring game (noon) sandwiches Final Four appearances by the school’s men and women’s basketball teams. The women’s squad plays Stanford the night before (Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2) and the men’s team later on Saturday night. If the women are victorious on Friday, they play for the national championship on Sunday, April 2, on ESPN (6 p.m.).
ESPN.com will cover more than 15 spring games in addition to its daily coverage of the sport.
Please note: All team rankings are per ESPN.com “way too early Top 25” (Feb. 2)
ESPN Networks’ Spring Football Programming Schedule
Sat, April 1 Noon UAB Spring Game ESPN3 South Carolina: Garnett-Black Spring Game SEC Network North Carolina State: Kay Yow Spring Game ACC Network Extra Fri, April 7 7:30 p.m. Florida: Orange & Blue Debut SEC Network Sat, April 8 Noon Ole Miss: Grove Bowl SEC Network 2 p.m. Texas A&M Spring Game ESPNU Auburn Spring Game: A-Day SEC Network 2:30 p.m. Clemson: Orange and White Spring Game ACC Network Extra 3 p.m. Florida State Spring Game ESPN North Carolina Spring Game ACC Network Extra 4 p.m. Mississippi State: Maroon-White Game SEC Network Fri, April 14 7:30 p.m. Kentucky: Kentucky Blue-White Game SEC Network Sat, April 15 Noon Texas: Orange and White Spring Game Longhorn Network 2 p.m. Missouri: Black & Gold Game SEC Network Fri, April 21 7 p.m. Georgia Tech Spring Game ACC Network Extra Sat, April 22 10 a.m. Syracuse: Football Spring Showcase ACC Network Extra 2 p.m. Georgia: G-Day SEC Network 3 p.m. Alabama: A-Day ESPN 4 p.m. Tennessee: Orange & White Game SEC Network 8 p.m. LSU: National L-Club Day SEC Network Sat, April 29 1 p.m. Arkansas: Red-White Spring Game SEC Network