The introduction of new schemes, the clarifying of depth charts, the arrival of future freshmen who could make or break the next season: There’s a lot at stake during spring football, which is serious business across the U.S., but especially in South Bend. Four months after its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Notre Dame reconvened to prepare for 2019, taking the field on April 13 for the 90th annual Blue-Gold game. SI photographer Erick W. Rasco spent three days with the team, chronicling the Irish awakening.
To report on Houston's game against Oklahoma on Saturday, SI writer Pete Thamel spent the week embedded with the Cougars football program. Along with veteran SI photographer John McDonough, who joined him Thursday morning, they got to experience the manic, Red-Bull-fueled, wise cracking University of Houston football experience. The Cougars' tempo and swagger on the field certainly carries over to their daily activities, as at times it felt like a dance party masquerading as a football program.
Sports Illustrated was given a three-day, all-access look at Western Michigan's preparation and planning before the Broncos' Week 1 matchup with Michigan State. Here are some of the best shots of coach P.J. Fleck, who has taken a revolutionary approach to motivating the millennial generation, and his team before, during and after the showdown with the Spartans.