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Monday, February 16, 2009
What to watch in the Big Ten this spring

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The seemingly interminable wait for college football gets a little easier about a month from now, when Michigan steps on the practice field for spring ball. The other 10 Big Ten squads will follow soon after as spring practice gets in full swing.

There are no shortage of spring story lines around the league, from Danny Hope's first workouts as Purdue head coach to six new coordinators to teams like Ohio State and Penn State trying to replace sizable senior classes. Six teams will feature some degree of competition at the quarterback spot, and position battles abound throughout the league.

Here's some can't-miss information about spring ball and a team-by-team look at what to watch:

Illinois Fighting Illini

Spring practice starts: March 31

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Indiana Hoosiers

Spring practice starts: March 24

Spring game: April 18

Watch to watch:

Iowa Hawkeyes

Spring practice starts: March 25

Spring game: TBA

What to watch:

Michigan Wolverines

Spring practice starts: March 14

Spring game: April 11

What to watch:

Michigan State Spartans

Spring practice starts: March 24

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Spring practice starts: March 24

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Northwestern Wildcats

Spring practice starts: March 30

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Ohio State Buckeyes

Spring practice starts: Week of March 30

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Penn State Nittany Lions

Spring practice starts: Week of March 30

Spring game: April 25

What to watch:

Purdue Boilermakers

Spring practice starts: March 25

Spring game: April 18

What to watch:

Wisconsin Badgers

Spring practice starts: March 24

Spring game: April 18

What to watch: