S.C. State game kicks off at 12:30; Georgia waiting on SEC, ESPN

ACC announces times, TV for most early-season contests

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Clemson football

Kickoff times for two Clemson football games two months apart were announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday.

The Tigers home opener against South Carolina State on September 6 will start at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. The November 6 game at Wake Forest, a Thursday night game, will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

The ACC announced most the games involving ACC teams for the first three weeks of the season on Tuesday, but the August 30 Clemson at Georgia game was not one of them because it will be played in an SEC home stadium. The SEC will make that announcement at a later date.

All other game times will be announced six or 12 days prior to the date of the game.

ACC News Release

A fifth straight appearance in prime time for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, 10 national TV exposures and 10 national ESPN3 exposures in the first three weeks of the season, including four national TV appearances on the opening weekend of the year, headline the Atlantic Coast Conference early season TV football schedule announced Tuesday by the ACC.

The schedule includes all of the ACC's games for the first three weeks of the season, with the exception of road non-conference games which are controlled by the host teams' conferences, as well as five Thursday night contests which will be nationally televised by ESPN and three nationally-televised Friday games.

In all, the ACC announced 19 games that have been selected to be televised nationally, and another 10 which will be video streamed nationally.

Once again the conference will have a syndicated package on the ACC Network which will air in more than 100 markets and a package on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN) that will be in an average 71 million homes.

However, with ESPN3 carrying both packages outside of their syndicated footprints, once again every ACC-controlled football game this year will be available nationally.

The 2014 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played for the fifth consecutive year in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6, and will have a nationally televised kickoff time of either 7:45 p.m. (on ESPN) or 8 p.m. ET (on ABC).

As usual the ACC opens the season in an exciting way with a minimum of four national TV exposures (the network for Clemson at Georgia has yet to be announced).

Wake Forest opens the 2014 ACC season in a Thursday night (Aug. 28) road opener at Louisiana Monroe, in a game which will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, Virginia then hosts UCLA in a nationally televised intersectional contest on ESPN. And then Florida State then begins defense of its national title at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., meeting Big 12 power Oklahoma State in a nationally televised prime time game on ABC. The Seminoles boast the nation's longest current winning streak, having won 16 straight games going into this season.

And finally, Louisville, which officially joins the conference this July 1, makes its ACC football debut hosting Miami on Labor Day Monday Night (8 p.m.) on September 1 in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN. The game marks the 10th appearance by an ACC team or teams in the last 11 years on the prime Labor Day platform.

Other national TV exposures during the first three weeks include Pitt at Boston College on Friday, Sept. 5 (ESPN, 7 p.m.); San Diego State at North Carolina (ESPNews, 8 p.m.) and Virginia Tech at Ohio State on Sat., Sept. 6 (ESPN, 8 p.m.); and East Carolina at Virginia Tech (Noon, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2), Arkansas State at Miami (ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.) and Southern California at Boston College (8 p.m., ABC, ESPN or ESPN2) on Sat., Sept 13.

The primetime battle between the Eagles and Trojans gives the ACC three straight prime-time Saturday night exposures to begin the season.

In all, eight of the Top 25 teams in the final 2013 Associated Press poll will be in action in ACC games on the season's first three weekends in Florida State (No. 1), Clemson (No. 8), Ohio State (No. 12), Louisville (No. 15), UCLA (No. 16), Oklahoma State (No. 17), Southern California (No. 19) and Duke (No. 23).

Additionally, in the same time period, seven of the Top 18 teams in "ESPN's Way Too Early Top 25" are also in action in ACC games including Florida State (No. 1), UCLA (Nov. 7), Ohio State (No. 9), Georgia (No. 11), Southern California (No. 14), North Carolina (No. 17) and Clemson (No. 18).

Gametimes were also announced for the ACC's five nationally televised Thursday night games which will air on ESPN and will have a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, including Virginia Tech at Pitt (Oct. 16), Miami at Virginia Tech (Oct. 23), Florida State at Louisville (Oct. 30), Clemson at Wake Forest (Nov. 6) and North Carolina at Duke (Nov. 20).

The three national exposures on Friday include Pitt at Boston College on Sept. 5 (ESPN, 7 p.m.), Louisville at Syracuse on Oct. 3 (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Virginia at Virginia Tech on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 28 (ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, time TBD).

A total 10 games will also be available nationally on ESPN3 beginning with Villanova at Syracuse on Friday, Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) and continuing with Delaware at Pitt (Aug. 30, Noon); William & Mary at Virginia Tech (Aug. 30, 3:30 p.m.); Elon at Duke (Aug. 30, 6 p.m.); and Liberty at North Carolina (Aug. 30, 6 p.m.).

The ACC's ESPN3 schedule also includes Richmond at Virginia (Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m.); Old Dominion at NC State (Sept. 6, 6 p.m.); Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest (Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.); Murray State at Louisville (Sept. 6, 7 p.m.); and Florida A&M at Miami (Sept. 6, 7 p.m.).

The ACC will again have two syndicated packages produced by the ACC Network this fall: The ACC Network and the Regional Sports Networks (RSN).

The ACC Network will be syndicated in over 100 markets nationally and more than 90 million TV households with three games in the first three weeks, each with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff: Georgia Southern at NC State (Aug. 30); South Carolina State at Clemson (Sept. 6); and Louisville at Virginia (Sept. 13).

In addition, ACC Network games are also available digitally on ESPN3 (outside of the ACC footprint) and on theACC.com and on the ACC App for IPhones, IPads and Droid mobile devices.

Once again, the ACC will also feature a weekly football game which will air each week on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN) of Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network or MSG Network in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania, in addition to several other RSNs nationally reaching 71 million homes on average.

The RSN package will have four games in the first three weeks of the season including a doubleheader on Sept. 13 with Georgia Tech hosting Georgia Southern (Noon) and Duke hosting Kansas (3:30 p.m.) and a prime-time exposure on Sept. 6 with Florida State hosting The Citadel (7:30 p.m.). Georgia Tech hosts Wofford on Aug. 30 (12:30 p.m.) in the first ACC RSN game of the year.

The RSN package games are also available outside of their coverage areas on ESPN3.

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