It’s never too soon to start planning it for the early fall and for the ACC, they’re already giving fans the benefit of knowing game times for some of their early-season match-ups, including those involving Florida State and Miami. And, also involving games that will be played by ACC teams against UCF and USF early in the season.
The First Fundamental thing to understand is that ESPN virtually controls the scheduling of the sport. This is because of their multi-million-dollar Mega deals with most of the conferences and their creating of their own Networks, including the launching of the ACC Network this fall.
So, this complicates what time games are being played because ESPN will often times wait until the week before naming that a game would start at noon, 3:30 or under the lights in primetime.
Nevertheless, the ACC and ESPN agreed on these times and dates and announced them Friday morning:
Game times and networks for the first 3️⃣ weeks (except for non-conference road games) of the #ACCFootball season, as well as Thursday & Friday night contests throughout the 2018 season, have been announced ? https://t.co/cKWiZol2vw
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— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) May 18, 2018
On the opening weekend Miami’s game time with LSU will be Sunday night September 2nd at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will be at 7:30 Eastern to be televised on ABC.
Florida State’s Labor Day night game, and new coach Willie Taggart (above) first game with the Noles is against ACC foe Virginia Tech. ESPN will have the television coverage in Primetime at 8 p.m.
For week 2, the ACC announced Friday morning that Miami’s game at home at Hard Rock stadium with Savannah State will now be a 6 p.m. game and on one of the ACC Network alternate channels. Likewise, Florida State’s home game with Sanford will be at 7:20 p.m. and also on the ACC Network’s main channel.
Also, on September 8th, USF is hosting ACC opponent Georgia Tech, but that game time is still to be determined by the American Athletic Conference and ESPN. And, therefore, has not yet been announced.
Finally, on Saturday September 15th Florida state will play at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse at noon but could be on any one of ESPN’s networks or on ABC.
UCF will also play Road game at Chapel Hill against North Carolina that day with that game is also set for noon on one of ESPN’s networks or maybe ABC.
The Miami road game at Toledo on September 8th does not have a game time yet, as to be determined by the Mid-America Conference and, you guessed it, ESPN.
The ACC also announced game times for their primetime weeknight games, including the ones that involve state school teams.
Miami’s Thursday night September 27th against North Carolina will be at 8 p.m. and televised by ESPN. Later in October, the Canes will play at Boston College on Friday night October 26th and that will now be a 7 p.m. game on ESPN.
Again many more of the game times will be announced later this summer, but a lot of them will be held depending on, who is having a good season and what match-ups are the biggest.
Then ESPN will put those games either on national windows on ABC/ESPN at 3:30 or in primetime on Saturday night.
As they always like to say and television, stay tuned!
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