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Early Season TV Schedule Announced by ACC
by Chris Coleman, TechSideline.com, TSLMail #484, May 13 2011

Earlier this week, the ACC released kickoff times and television coverage for most of the conference football games in the first three weeks of the season. Two of Virginia Tech's games are scheduled to be televised, and a third is listed as "to be announced".

Early ACC TV Games
Date Game Time TV
Sept. 3 Northwestern at BC Noon ESPNU
Sept. 3 App. State at VT 12:30 ACC Network
Sept. 3 JMU at UNC 3:30 RSN
Sept. 3 ULM at FSU 3:30 ESPNU
Sept. 5 Miami at Maryland 8pm ESPN
Sept. 10 Rutgers at UNC 12:30pm ACC Network
Sept. 10 NC State at Wake 3:30pm RSN
Sept. 10 Stanford at Duke 3:30pm ESPNU
Sept. 17 Auburn at Clemson Noon ABC
Sept. 17 WVU at Maryland Noon ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU
Sept. 17 Duke at BC 12:30pm ACC Network
Sept. 17 Kansas at Georgia Tech 12:30pm RSN
Sept. 17 UVA at UNC 3:30pm ESPNU
Sept. 17 Arkansas State at VT 4pm RSN
Sept. 17 Ohio State at Miami 7:30 or 8pm ESPN or ABC
Sept. 17 Oklahoma at FSU 7:30 or 8pm ESPN or ABC

Tech's opener against Appalachian State will be the first ACC Network game of the season, and their game against Arkansas State on September 17 will be televised by RSN at 4pm.

There was no press release, so we have no explanation of exactly what RSN is. However, they appear to be doing at least one ACC game per week, and have a 3:30 or 4pm kickoff every single week.

To me, that's a good thing. That's one extra ACC game per week that is broadcasted on actual television, and if it happens to be a Virginia Tech game, that later starting time is good, as far as I'm concerned.

The Hokies host Arkansas State at 4pm on RSN, and that will be a big day for ACC football in general. Clemson hosts Auburn at noon, and Maryland will take on WVU at noon as well. Because of that RSN kickoff time of 4pm, you'll be able to catch those two critical noon games. Also, if you're a local, you'll be able to watch the two huge night games as well: Ohio State at Miami, and Oklahoma at Florida State.

That's a huge weekend for the ACC, and despite the fact that Tech has a game that day, most of us will still be able to catch all the exciting action.

Virginia Tech's September 10 football game at East Carolilna is still "to be announced", but you can bet that it will be televised by somebody. A noon game on ESPNU, or perhaps a noon game on RSN, appear to be the best bets at this point, though it's possible that this matchup could turn into a night game.

We already know that the Hokies will have two Thursday night ESPN telecasts against Georgia Tech and North Carolina. If the Appalachian State game is televised, it's a good bet that all other games will be televised as well.

Tech has major clashes in early October in Lane Stadium against Clemson and Miami, and from a television standpoint those are two of the biggest games in the ACC this season. UVA could be a decent TV game as well, depending on how the Cavaliers fare this year. Marshall, Duke, Boston College and Wake Forest sound like ACC Network games, or RSN games.

For the most part, there aren't any huge conference clashes during the first three weeks of the season. However, Maryland does host Miami on Labor Day in a nationally televised game. Miami is expected to compete for the Coastal Division crown this year, while Maryland probably has a better chance of knocking Florida State off the Atlantic Division perch than anyone else. Whoever loses that game is going to have to come from behind in the ACC standings.

Other ACC matchups include NC State at Wake Forest (Sept. 10), Duke at Boston College (Sept. 17) and Virginia at UNC (Sept. 17.). Conference play really won't start to heat up until the month of October.


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