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Six Big 12 spring games set for Saturday

4/13/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The busiest weekend of the spring awaits Saturday as six Big 12 teams will conduct their spring games on Saturday.

It will be hard to match the excitement at Nebraska, where a near-sellout crowd of up to 80,000 fans is expected Saturday at Memorial Stadium for the Cornhuskers' Red-White game.

The game will be notable as Zac Lee, Cody Green and Kody Spano compete for the starting quarterback position in the first major public glimpse given of each of them this spring.

Coach Bo Pelini probably hopes the fanfare catches the attention of former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, who is expected to attend the game in his nationwide tour of potential landing places after leaving the Hurricanes' program after last season.

Back-to-back North champion Missouri will stage its annual Black and Gold spring game on Saturday. It will provide fans with their best look as the Tigers attempt to replace offensive weapons like Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman and Jeremy Maclin from those title teams.

Excitement is also high at Oklahoma State, where the Cowboys will enter the season with more preseason expectations than in recent seasons heading into Saturday night's spring game. New defensive coordinator Bill Young will show off his defense against an offense that includes most of its weapons returning from last season.

Spring games also will be played at Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Iowa State on Saturday.

Baylor and Texas have concluded their spring practices and Kansas and Oklahoma staged their spring games last week. The Sooners will conduct their final practice of the spring on Tuesday.

Colorado will conduct its spring game on April 25 and Kansas City will finish Big 12 spring work when the Wildcats conduct their spring game on May 2.