The college football season is still about four months from getting underway, however, every once in awhile, we get pieces of the upcoming fall schedule puzzle. And, that happened on Wednesday, when the soon-to-be-launched ACC Network announced game times and match-ups for the first three weeks of the season.
The brand new network will launch in August and will be televising a great deal of ACC regular-season action every Saturday:
🚨 The first three weeks of #ACCFootball games on the ACC Network have been released!
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) May 15, 2019
The network inaugural broadcast will be Thursday night August 29th, when defending national champion Clemson will play host to Georgia Tech and a prime time showdown at Death Valley. The Tigers return quarterback Taylor Lawrence and are expected to be the preseason number one ranked team in the country.
There are no Florida teams connected to playing on the ACC Network for the rest of the opening weekend. However, that changes with a triple header on the second weekend of the season.
That’s when the USF Bulls will travel to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech in a match-up that will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 7th, and televised by the ACCN. Immediately after that game, Florida State will play host to Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium and again, the ACC Network will televise.
The week two Florida triple-header concludes that night in prime time, as Miami will be in Chapel Hill playing North Carolina for an 8 p.m. start.
The week three game times were also announced Wednesday, and they include the Canes hosting Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium at 4 p.m. on Saturday September 14th on ACCN. Then, it’s prime time game for Florida State traveling to Charlottesville to take on Virginia in a 7:30 p.m.
We still await what network and time UCF game will be at Pitt coming on Saturday September 21st? Also, that weekend Florida State is playing host to Louisville and Miami will be playing Central Michigan at home. It’s almost certain that the Canes game with the Chippewas will be on the ACC Network, while the Seminoles conference game will likely be on one of the several ESPN networks.
Because ESPN has so much influence over scheduling times, the rest of the schedule, not only for the opening weekend but throughout the season, will it times be delayed almost until the week before some of the games will be played.
However the brand new television network ensures but there will be an outlet to see FSU and Miami and even the USF and UCF out of conference games on a standalone television network.
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