Saturday spring games primer

April, 16, 2010
4/16/10
5:00
PM ET
Seven teams in the Big 12 will be playing their spring games on Saturday. Here's what to expect:

Iowa State Cyclones

  • Game begins at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Four 15-minute quarters will be played and the fourth quarter will have a running clock.
  • Free admission and parking
Missouri Tigers

  • Missouri will only use its confusing scoring system and offense versus defense in the second half.
  • The first two quarters will be first-team defense and offense versus the second-team offense and defense.
  • In the first half, the second-team will be spotted 14 points.
  • The second half will be filled with third-team and fourth-team players and the scoring system will revert back to the offense versus defense system. The system gives points to the offense for things like first downs, and the defense can earn points by forcing punts or causing turnovers.
  • Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.
  • Admission is $3 or three items of canned food for a local food bank.
  • A fan zone with interactive exhibits and activities will take place in the North end zone from 11:30 until kickoff.
Nebraska Cornhuskers

  • All players will be competing with full contact, with only injured quarterback Kody Spano (knee) donning a green, protective jersey.
  • The teams were divided evenly by coaches and will play four, 15-minute quarters. The clock will run continuously at some point in the third or fourth quarters.
  • The athletic department expects more than 80,000 fans.
  • Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.
  • More than 10 high-profile recruits are expected to be in attendance.
  • A handful of former Nebraska players in the NFL like Ahman Green, Correll Buckhalter and Josh Brown will be on campus for several events.
Oklahoma Sooners

  • Senior players held a draft earlier this week to divide the red and white teams evenly, and Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles came off the board as the top picks on offense. On defense, Frank Alexander and Travis Lewis were the first picks.
  • The winning team gets a steak dinner after the game. The losers get hot dogs and baked beans.
  • Sooner legends like Brian Bosworth, Rufus Alexander and Jamelle Holieway will take part in a flag football game at 2 p.m. ET on Owen Field before the spring game begins at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Tickets are $10.
Oklahoma State Cowboys

  • Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET.
  • Admission is free.
  • No time will be kept, and the scrimmage is expected to last around 120 plays.
  • The offense can score in traditional ways, but points will also be awarded for plays of over 12 yards and if the offense and get three first downs on one drive.
  • The defense can score by forcing turnovers, making tackles for loss, or forcing three-and-outs.
Texas A&M Aggies

  • Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET, but the team will be signing autographs in the Gilliam Indoor Track Center from 10-11 a.m. ET.
  • The Aggies will use a complex scoring system similar to Oklahoma State's. Details are here. Expect big points.
  • Two students will be guest coaches alongside coach Mike Sherman.
  • Quarterback Jerrod Johnson hopes to play, but his status is in doubt.
Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET, and admission is $5.
  • Offensive and defensive coaches have scaled back the playbook for the game.
  • Players will sign autographs and talk to fans after the game.
  • The Red Raiders will be without quarterbacks Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts, who underwent spring surgeries for foot and hand injuries, respectively.

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