ESPN has selected several 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college football games for telecasts across ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. The schedule to date includes every conference home game on an ESPN network for the first three weeks of the season, all of the Thursday night selections and concludes with the seventh annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game in prime time Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Additional games will be announced as the season progresses. Highlights:
- The early selections include multiple games involving seven teams ranked in the College Football Live preseason top 25 poll: No. 6 Florida State and No. 19 Virginia Tech from the ACC as well as No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 22 Auburn and No. 24 West Virginia.
- ESPN networks will televise 16 conference home games over the first three Saturdays of the season, highlighted by:
- Two prime-time matchups with four traditional power programs Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.: No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 6 Florida State (ESPN or ABC) and No. 10 Ohio State at Miami (ESPN or ABC).
- Four ESPNU telecasts: Northwestern at Boston College (Sept. 3 at noon), Louisiana Monroe at No. 6 Florida State (Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.), No. 7 Stanford at Duke (Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m.) and Virginia at North Carolina (Sept 17 at 3:30 p.m.).
- Nine games offered exclusively on ESPN3.com beginning with a season kick-off contest pitting Western Carolina at Georgia Tech on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday contests include Troy at Clemson (Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m.), Richmond at Duke (Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.) and Charleston Southern at No. 6 Florida State (Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.).
- An ESPN Labor Day prime-time telecast Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. will feature an early test for the league’s two newest coaches: Miami, led by Al Golden, at Maryland with its new coach, Randy Edsall.
- ESPN’s popular Thursday night series — ESPN College Football Primetime – will feature five telecasts involving ACC teams, including over four consecutive weeks from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17.
The 2011 season marks the first year of a new 12-year agreement between ESPN and the ACC for exclusive rights to every conference-controlled football and men’s basketball game, plus women’s basketball and Olympic sports matchups, and conference championships. As part of the agreement, ESPN platforms will offer regular-season action on Saturday afternoon and nights, primetime Thursdays, Labor Day Monday and the ACC Football Championship Game.
The 2011 ACC schedule (additional selections to be announced):
|Thu, Sep 1||7:30 p.m.||Western Carolina at Georgia Tech||ESPN3.com|
|Sat, Sep 3||Noon||Northwestern at Boston College||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Troy at Clemson||ESPN3.com|
|3:30 p.m.||Louisiana Monroe at No. 6 Florida State||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||Liberty at North Carolina State||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m.||William & Mary at Virginia||ESPN3.com|
|7 p.m.||Richmond at Duke||ESPN3.com|
|Mon, Sep 5||8 p.m.||Miami at Maryland *||ESPN|
|Sat, Sep 10||3:30 p.m.||No. 7 Stanford at Duke||ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Wofford at Clemson||ESPN3.com|
|6 p.m.||Charleston Southern at No. 6 Florida State||ESPN3.com|
|Sat, Sep 17||Noon||No. 22 Auburn at Clemson||ABC|
|Noon||No. 24 West Virginia at Maryland||ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU|
|3:30 p.m.||Virginia at North Carolina||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||South Alabama at North Carolina State||ESPN3.com|
|6:30 p.m.||Gardner-Webb at Wake Forest||ESPN3.com|
|7:30 or 8 p.m.||No. 10 Ohio State at Miami||ESPN or ABC|
|7:30 or 8 p.m.||No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 6 Florida State||ESPN or ABC|
|Thu, Sep 22||8 p.m.||North Carolina State at Cincinnati *||ESPN|
|Thu, Oct 27||8 p.m.||Virginia at Miami *||ESPN|
|Thu, Nov 3||8 p.m.||No. 6 Florida State at Boston College *||ESPN|
|Thu, Nov 10||8 p.m.||No. 19 Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech *||ESPN|
|Thu, Nov 17||8 p.m.||North Carolina at No. 19 Virginia Tech *||ESPN|
|Fri, Nov 25||3:30 p.m.||Boston College at Miami *||ABC|
|Sat, Dec 3||8 p.m.||Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game (from Charlotte)||ESPN|
* Previously selected