West Virginia, Rutgers spring games on tap

The Big East spring football season officially wraps up this weekend as the final two teams still practicing -- West Virginia and Rutgers -- hold their spring games. Here's a brief preview of each:

West Virginia

The Gold-Blue Game will be held Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. There will be an old-timers' game before the spring game, with Bobby Bowden, Fran Cignetti and Don Nehlen helping serve as coaches. Check out the rosters here (they include Major Harris and Pat White, among many other notables).

Of course, what everyone will be most curious about is how Dana Holgorsen's new offense looks. It will surely be a vanilla version of what you will see in the fall, but the Mountaineers and their new offensive coordinator are eager to give the fans a show and build on the offseason excitement. Also keep an eye on the running back battle and see if anyone emerges as a true No. 1 tailback option. It would also be nice if the kicking game improves after some serious spring problems on field goals and PATs.


The Scarlet-White Game will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. KnightVision Broadband on ScarletKnights.com will broadcast the game live, and paralyzed former defensive tackle Eric LeGrand will help provide analysis of the broadcast. Former Rutgers greats will take part in the "Believe Bowl" flag-football match at 1 p.m. to raise awareness and support for LeGrand.

There are plenty of issues that fans will be interested in from this game, including the many personnel switches head coach Greg Schiano made in the offseason, the development of the offensive line, Chas Dodd's progression and the impressive talent at the skill positions. The Scarlet Knights' offense has struggled in the two previous scrimmages this spring, so a better effort would be encouraging even in a watered-down affair like the spring game.