BLACKSBURG - 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.
With this release, five Virginia Tech game times are now known as three were previously announced. Tech will open the season on Aug. 30 with a home game against William & Mary that will kick at 3:30 p.m. and be shown on ESPN3. A week later, the Hokies will travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State in a prime time match up that will begin at 8 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Tech third game, at home against East Carolina on Sept. 13, will kick off at noon and will be shown on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The Hokies will also play two Thursday night games that will start at 7:30 p.m.: at Pitt on Oct. 16 and at home a week later on Oct. 23 against Miami. Tech’s Nov. 28 game at home against the University of Virginia will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU at a to-be-announced time.
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 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).
The rest of the Hokies’ schedule will be released 12 days prior to each game by the conference unless the league and networks take a six-day hold on certain games.
You can find Tech’s full 2014 schedule here.
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