2018 Big 12 spring game schedule: Dates, times, spring practice start dates, preview

The 2018 football season gets one step closer as Big 12 teams begin spring practice and play their annual spring games over the next couple of months.

The league is experiencing a lot of roster turnover, and spring practices will be an opportunity for young players to step up and show what they can do. Fans from across the league will be watching closely to see how their team looks as they start on-field preparations for 2018.

Here are the dates for all the spring games in the Big 12, as well as the start dates for spring practices. This story will be updated as information becomes available.

2018 Big 12 spring games, spring practice start dates

Baylor

Practice: March 15

Game: April 21, Time TBA

Iowa State

Practice: March 19

Game: April 14, 1:00 p.m. CT

Kansas

Practice: March 30

Game: April 28, 1:00 p.m. CT

Kansas State

Practice: March 28

Game: April 21, Time TBA

Oklahoma

Practice: TBA

Game: April 14, 1:00 p.m. CT

Oklahoma State

Practice: March 27

Game: April 28, 1:00 p.m. CT

Texas

Practice: March 20

Game: April 21, 6:30 p.m. CT

TCU

Practice: March 2

Game: April 7, Time TBA

Texas Tech

Practice: March 3

Game: April  14, 6:00 p.m. CT

West Virginia

Practice: TBA

Game: April 7, Time TBA

2018 Big 12 spring practice preview

Several Big 12 teams will be trying to replace major pieces in 2018, and spring practices offer the first opportunity for those teams to see what their replacements have to offer.

Oklahoma is the reigning Big 12 champion, but must replace Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, as well as All-Americans at left tackle and tight end and an All-Big 12 linebacker. Kyler Murray looks ready to take over as the starting quarterback, but the spring will be the beginning of a transition period. TCU, the other team in last year’s conference title game, has to replace most of its offense and some key defensive pieces from a top-10 squad in 2017. A couple of talented young quarterbacks and emerging star running back Darius Anderson offer promise, but the Frogs will need to start fitting some pieces together this spring.

Oklahoma State also loses some star offensive players in quarterback Mason Rudolph and Biletnikoff-winning receiver James Washington. Spring practice will be the start of an interesting quarterback competition for the Cowboys as well, with Tyler Cornelius trying to establish himself before Hawaii transfer Dru Brown and 4-star freshman Spencer Sanders arrive this summer.

West Virginia is an early dark horse pick to compete for the conference title in 2018. The Mountaineers’ spring practice will be about improving a defense that loses depth up front and ranked No. 90 overall nationally in points allowed last year. Meanwhile, Texas is getting some early buzz heading into Year 2 under Tom Herman. The Longhorns still have to settle their own quarterback situation though, as well as replace defensive stars in Malik Jefferson and DeShon Elliott. The Longhorns will have plenty of talent to re-stock with, however, after signing the No. 3 recruiting class in the country.

Baylor is expected to bounce back in a major way after going 1-11 in Matt Rhule’s first season, and another great recruiting class should start making an impact this spring with spots on the depth chart available.

Unlike some other teams in the Big 12, Iowa State already enters spring practice with a veteran quarterback it can trust after Kyle Kempt got an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA. Kansas State also has depth at the position after Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson impressed down the stretch in relief of the injured Jesse Ertz. Kansas, meanwhile, will try to finally take a positive step forward in David Beaty’s fourth year as head coach.

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