Thursday, May 23, 2013

ACC Releases first 3 weeks TV schedule

8 ACC Games will be televised opening week on the networks of ESPN, while an additional 4 will be streamed exclusively on ESPN3. The announcement came today as the ACC revealed the TV schedule and times for the first 3 weeks of the season. Opening week will be highlighted by Florida Staet at Pittsburgh and North Carolina at South Carolina, but ESPNU may have gotten the sneaky sleeper as BYU opens up the season at Virginia. Below is the press release.

ACC College Football Games Added to ESPN’s 2013 Schedule

Twenty additional 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college football games have been added across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Combined with five previously released games, every conference home contest, as well as a road and neutral site matchup, will be available on an ESPN platform during the first three weeks of the season. In addition, the lineup includes the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game from Charlotte and the previously announced four Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime telecasts and a game on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Additional games will be announced as the season progresses. Highlights:
  • The early selections include multiple games involving teams ranked in an preseason top 25 poll, highlighted by the Saturday Night Football season-debut pitting No. 12 Clemson against No. 7 Georgia from the SEC on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Additional highlights:
    • The season kicks off with a Thursday ESPN College Football Primetimetelecast pitting North Carolina at the SEC’s No. 8 South Carolina on August 29, at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
    • Virginia Tech vs. two-time defending BCS National Champion No. 2 Alabama of the SEC in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game from Atlanta on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN.
    • ACC teams hosting ranked teams on Saturday, Sept. 7: Miami (Fla.) against No. 11 Florida at noon on ESPN and Virginia against No. 3 Oregon at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and ESPN2.
  • ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will each televise a showdown between conference foes in the first three weeks: Florida State at Pittsburgh on Monday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN; Wake Forest at Boston College on Friday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2; and Georgia Tech at Duke on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
  • ESPN’s Labor Day prime-time telecast on Monday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. will mark the ACC debut for Pittsburgh with the Panthers hosting defending conference champion No. 14 Florida State, which finished last season with a 12-2 overall record. The eight meetings between the programs occurred between 1971 and 1983 with Pittsburgh holding a 5-3 edge in the series.
  • ESPN’s popular Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime series will include five matchups involving ACC teams, highlighted by two appearances by a Clemson program that is coming off an 11-2 record in 2012: at Atlantic Division rival NC State on September 19 and against 2012 conference championship game participant Georgia Tech on November 14.
  • ESPN3 will offer coverage of 14 games, including eight exclusively.

The 2013 ACC schedule as of May 23 (additional selections to be announced):
DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Thu, Aug 296 p.m.North Carolina at No. 8 South Carolina *ESPN
 6:30 p.m.Presbyterian at Wake ForestESPN3
Fri, Aug 308 p.m.Florida Atlantic at Miami (Fla.)ESPNU
Sat, Aug 31NoonVillanova at Boston CollegeESPN3
 NoonElon at Georgia TechESPN3
 12:30 p.m.Louisiana Tech at NC StateESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 12:30 p.m.Florida International at MarylandESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 3:30 p.m.BYU at VirginiaESPNU
 4 p.m.North Carolina Central at DukeESPN3
 5:30 p.m.Chick-fil-A Kickoff: Virginia Tech vs. No. 2 Alabama (from Atlanta) *ESPN
 8 p.m.No. 7 Georgia at No. 12 Clemson *ABC
Mon, Sep 28 p.m.No. 14 Florida State at Pittsburgh *ESPN
Fri, Sep 68 p.m.Wake Forest at Boston College *ESPN2
Sat, Sep 7NoonNo. 11 Florida at Miami (Fla.)ESPN
 12:30 p.m.Middle Tennessee at North CarolinaESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 12:30 p.m.South Carolina State at No. 12 ClemsonESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 1:30 p.m.Western Carolina at Virginia TechESPN3
 3:30 p.m.No. 3 Oregon at VirginiaABC & ESPN2
 4 p.m.Old Dominion at MarylandESPN3
 6 p.m.Richmond at NC StateESPN3
Sat, Sep 1412:30 p.m.New Mexico at PittsburghESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 12:30 p.m.Louisiana-Monroe at Wake ForestESPN3 ^ / ACC Network
 3:30 p.m.Nevada at No. 14 Florida StateESPN or ESPN2
 3:30 p.m.Georgia Tech at DukeESPNU
 4 p.m.Wagner at SyracuseESPN3
Thu, Sep 197:30 p.m.No. 12 Clemson at NC State *ESPN
Thu, Sep 267:30 p.m.Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech *ESPN
Thu, Oct 17TBDMiami (Fla.) at North Carolina *ESPN
Thu, Nov 147:30 p.m.Georgia Tech at No. 12 Clemson *ESPN
Fri, Nov 29TBDMiami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh *ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Sat, Dec 77:45 p.m. or 8 p.m.Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game (from Charlotte)ABC or ESPN
* Previously announced
^ Subject to blackout in ACC markets

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