College football spring games 2022: Texas, USC, Notre Dame, LSU headline schedule this weekend

As spring practice schedules for college football teams across the country wind down, Saturday brings a huge slate of scrimmages that will give some big-name brands a chance to showcase their programs. For fans yearning for a taste of college football to bridge the gap between bowl games and the kickoff of the 2022 season, there will be plenty of action to pick from as teams take the field for the final time before the dog days of summer. 

Some of the splashiest first-year coaches in the sport will be among those in the spotlight as they put a bow on their first practice sessions with new programs. Among them are LSU’s Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman, Oklahoma’s Brent Venables, Oregon’s Dan Lanning and USC’s Lincoln Riley.

None of the new coaches will be eager to put nuances of their schematic systems on display for future opponents to dissect, but that won’t stop the fanbases at those schools from drawing conclusions based on the action. In particular, quarterback play will be under the microscope Saturday with many of the programs playing their spring games amid quarterback battles.

Here are some of the key storylines to watch from this round of spring games, followed by a look at the schedule featuring the notable teams in action.

Spring game storylines

Texas, USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss, LSU and others — new quarterbacks: Among the big-name quarterbacks in new locations to watch on Saturday will be Texas redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers. The former No. 1 overall prospect from the 2021 class is back in his home state after a brief stay at Ohio State. Ewers is competing with Hudson Card, who logged action in seven games for the Longhorns last season. Ewers is one of the most celebrated quarterback prospects of all time,…

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