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Florida Gators spring game: How, when, where, and why to watch

It’s the last bit of non-practice football until the fall. You’re watching, right?

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The Florida Gators will take the field for their annual spring game — the Orange and Blue Debut — at 3 p.m. on this Saturday afternoon. Here’s what you need to know.

How to watch

The Gators’ spring game will air live on SEC Network and be available for streaming online for cable and satellite subscribers via WatchESPN.

Cord-cutting? You should still be able to watch it without a cable or satellite subscription via ESPN Plus, the broadcaster’s new over-the-top streaming service — which is currently offering a 30-day free trial.

Why to watch

It’s the last bit of live, game-like Florida football until September. Duh.

And, yeah, this spring game, the first with Dan Mullen as Florida’s head coach, is unlikely to provide total clarity on the many questions facing the Gators entering the 2018 season. But it should give fans — who may number in the high tens of thousands, if the apparent buzz around Gainesville translates to a huge crowd — a glimpse at the quarterback battle between Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, with those two signal-callers set to helm the Orange and Blue teams, respectively.

And while taking too much from positive performances in spring games is something to guard against, it is typically not hard to pick out players who are completely overwhelmed by even this lower-intensity circumstance. If you see second- or third-stringers — or, Tebow forbid, presumptive starters — who are clearly drowning in the deep end, that’s typically a good indicator of who coaches won’t be counting on come the fall.