2008 ACC FB Early Season Gametime Announced

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Greensboro, N.C. ? Nineteen televised games in the first three weeks of the season and the ACC Football Championship Game on Dec. 6 in Tampa Bay headline the early-season football television schedule announced today by Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. The fourth ACC title contest?but the first to be played in Tampa Bay?s Raymond James Stadium--will again be nationally-televised by ABC with a 1 pm kickoff.

The schedule begins with a pair of nationally-televised Thursday night games to kickoff the season (Aug. 28) on ESPN (NC State at South Carolina, 8 pm) and the Fox Sports Network (Wake Forest at Baylor, 8 pm). In all, the ACC announced 13 nationally-televised games including seven national exposures in the first three weeks including prime-time appearances on ABC (Clemson-Alabama, Aug. 30, 8 pm) and ESPN (Miami at Florida, Sept. 6, 8 pm).

Other nationally-televised games include Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina in Charlotte on Aug. 30 (12 noon, ESPN,) North Carolina at Rutgers (Thursday, Sept. 11, 7:30 pm, ESPN) and California at Maryland (Sept. 13, 12 noon, ESPN or ESPN2).

In all, the ACC will have seven games televised in ESPN?s prominent Thursday Night package this year. NC State travels to South Carolina (8 pm) on the opening Thursday night of the season, followed by UNC at Rutgers (Sept. 11), Clemson at Wake Forest (Oct. 9), Florida State at NC State (Oct. 16), Maryland at Virginia Tech (Nov. 6), Virginia Tech at Miami (Nov. 13) and Miami at Georgia Tech (Nov. 20). All of the Thursday night games are nationally-televised and all have a 7:30 pm kickoff time with the exception of the State?s season-opener at South Carolina which begins at 8pm.

Three of the ACC?s early season games will also appear regionally on ABC with each of the games?Southern California at Virginia (Aug. 30), Mississippi at Wake Forest (Sept. 6), Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)?also being televised to areas outside of the regional window expanding the coverage to most of the nation for these three, 3:30 pm games. The Southern Cal at Virginia and Ole Miss at Wake Forest games will be also seen on ESPN2, while the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game will have additional exposure on ESPN.

The ACC?s regional football syndicator?Raycom Sports?begins its 13-week package with a pair of intriguing early-season match-ups in Georgia Tech at Boston College (Sept. 6) and NC State at Clemson (Sept. 13). Both games will have a 12 noon kickoff. Raycom begins its regional telecasts on Sept. 6 and ends on Nov. 29.

Additionally, six ACC games will be televised on ESPNU and the Maryland at Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 6, 7 pm) contest will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.

Finally, three games, Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech (7:30 pm) and Charleston Southern at Miami (7:30 pm) both on Thursday, August 28, and The Citadel at Clemson (3:30 pm) on Sept. 6, will be available on ESPN 360?ESPN?s video streaming platform.

After the first three weeks of the season (games of Sept. 13) game times and TV will be announced weekly with a ESPN/ABC and Raycom Sports making their choices with a 12-day advanced notice beginning on Monday, Sept. 8 (for games on Saturday, Sept. 20).

2008 Atlantic Coast Conference
Early Season Football Television Schedule Release
(All times Eastern)
Date	Game					Network	Gametime
Aug. 28	Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech	ESPN 360	7:30 pm
Aug. 28	Charleston Southern at Miami		ESPN 360	7:30 pm
Aug. 28	NC State at South Carolina		ESPN		8 pm
Aug. 28	Wake Forest at Baylor,			FSN	 	8 pm
Aug. 30	Virginia Tech at ECU (Charlotte) 	ESPN 		12 pm
Aug. 30	Southern California at Virginia		ABC/ESPN2*	3:30 pm
Aug. 30	Delaware at Maryland			ESPNU		3:45 pm
Aug. 30	McNeese State at North Carolina				6 pm
Aug. 30	James Madison at Duke					7 pm
Aug. 30	Boston College at Kent St (Cleveland)	ESPNU	        7:30 pm
Aug. 30	Alabama vs. Clemson (Georgia Dome)	ABC	 	8 pm
Sept. 6	Georgia Tech at Boston College		Raycom		12 pm
Sept. 6	Furman at Virginia Tech					1:30 pm
Sept. 6	Mississippi at Wake Forest		ABC /ESPN2*	3:30 pm
Sept. 6	The Citadel at Clemson			ESPN 360	3:30 pm
Sept. 6	Richmond at Virginia			ESPNU		3:45 pm
Sept. 6	Northwestern at Duke 					7 pm
Sept. 6	Western Carolina at Florida State			6 pm
Sept. 6	William & Mary at NC State				6 pm
Sept. 6 Maryland at Middle Tennessee State	CSS		7 pm
Sept. 6	Miami at Florida			ESPN		8 pm
Sept. 11 North Carolina at Rutgers		ESPN		7:30 pm
Sept. 13 NC State at Clemson			Raycom		12 pm
Sept. 13 California at Maryland			ESPN or 2	12 pm
Sept. 13 Navy at Duke				ESPNU		12 pm
Sept. 13 Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech		ABC/ESPN*	3:30 pm
Sept. 13 UT Chattanooga at Florida State	ESPNU		3:45 pm
Sept. 13 Virginia at Connecticut		ESPNU		7:30 pm
Oct. 9	Clemson at Wake Forest			ESPN		7:30 pm
Oct. 16	Florida State at NC State		ESPN		7:30 pm
Nov. 6	Maryland at Virginia Tech		ESPN		7:30 pm
Nov. 13	Virginia Tech at Miami			ESPN		7:30 pm
Nov. 20	Miami at Georgia Tech			ESPN		7:30 pm
Dec. 6	Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game		ABC 		1 pm
	Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

* Game available on ESPN or ESPN2 reverse mirror in many areas outside of ABC Regional telecast.

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