ACC announces 2014 early season football TV schedule
Posted May 20, 2014
Updated 4:58 p.m. Thursday
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced game times and networks for the first three weeks of the 2014 football season and the ACC Football Championship game Tuesday. The Championship Game, which will be played 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).
NC State's season opener Aug. 30 against Georgia Southern will kick-off at 12:30 p.m. on ACC Network affiliates throughout the country. The Old Dominion contest on Sept. 6 will be broadcast on ESPN3 and have a 6 p.m. start.
Wolfpack legend Mario Williams, whose Buffalo Bills squad will play a preseason game on Aug. 28, will return to Carter-Finley for the Georgia Southern game to have his jersey officially honored. The three-time Pro Bowl selection, who is the only player in ACC history to be the top selection in the NFL draft, will see his No. 9 jersey added to the display in the stadium where he set school records for tackles for loss and sacks.
Duke’s season-opening home football game against Elon on Saturday, August 30 will kick off at 6 p.m. In addition, Duke’s kickoff times for contests at Troy (September 6; 7 p.m.) and at home versus Kansas (September 13; 3:30 p.m.) were released. The season-opener between the Blue Devils and Phoenix will be available on ESPN3.
Duke’s home contest against Kansas will air 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.
North Carolina will open at home against Liberty at 6 p.m. on ESPN3. The Tar Heels first televised game will be Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. on ESPNews as they host San Diego State.
“Opening the 2014 season with a pair of night games will enhance the gameday environment in the Tar Pit,” said head coach Larry Fedora. “Last year, the atmosphere in the stadium on Thursday night against Miami was as good as any in the country and we’re excited to be playing more games in the evening. Our players are working hard this offseason and are looking forward to kicking off the season on Aug. 30.”
East Carolina at Virginia Tech, in week three of the ACC schedule, will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 at noon on Sept. 13. In addition, officials from the American Athletic Conference have assigned a 7:30 p.m. start time to ECU's regular season finale against UCF at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Thursday, Dec. 4. That contest will air on ESPN as previously announced.
Also, the league office announced game times 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).