ACC announces additional early season game times

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Clemson’s C.J. Spiller (28) scores on a 12-yard run while being pursued by North Carolina’s Jimmaul Simmons (32) and Justin Byers late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 27-9. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the kickoff times and networks for all ACC controlled contests during the first three weeks of the 2021 football season Thursday. 
Also included are the times and networks for the Thursday and Friday night contests throughout the 2021 season. 
ESPN also announced its complete bowl schedule, which includes most ACC affiliated bowl games.  
“It’s with great anticipation that we look forward to the 2021 ACC football season,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips. “We are so proud of the continued efforts and resiliency by our student-athletes, coaches and institutional leadership in keeping everyone healthy and safe. ACC football is once again poised for tremendous exposure this season. Our teams are playing arguably the toughest non-conference schedule in the country, which kicks off Labor Day weekend with games over five consecutive days. We appreciate our fantastic television partners that provide fans access to their favorite ACC teams. As we enter the third football season on ACC Network, we know this season will showcase our outstanding programs more than ever before.”
The ACC college football season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 2, when NC State plays host to USF at 7:30 p.m. on ACC Network. That is the first of five consecutive days of ACC football action over the Labor Day weekend.  
Among the games announced today is the league’s first conference matchup of the season between North Carolina and Virginia Tech on Friday, Sept. 3, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN. Other Labor Day weekend marquee matchups, which were previously announced, include Miami vs. Alabama (Sept. 4, 3:30 p.m., ABC in Atlanta), Clemson vs. Georgia (Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m., ABC in Charlotte), Notre Dame at Florida State (Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., ABC in Tallahassee) and Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Sept. 6, 8 p.m., ESPN in Atlanta).
The second weekend of the season features two more ACC-SEC matchups – Pitt at Tennessee (noon, ESPN) and NC State at Mississippi State (7 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU). The weekend also includes a quadruple-header on ACC Network starting with Illinois at Virginia at 11 a.m., followed by Rutgers at Syracuse at 2 p.m., South Carolina State at Clemson at 5 p.m. and Jacksonville State at Florida State at 8 p.m.
Week three is highlighted by a trio of league games, including Georgia Tech at Clemson (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN), Florida State at Wake Forest (3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN) and Virginia at North Carolina (7:30 p.m., ACCN). In other games featuring Power 5 matchups, Miami hosts Michigan State (noon, ABC/ESPN), Virginia Tech travels to West Virginia (noon, FS1) and Duke entertains Northwestern (4 p.m., ACCN).
The ACC’s non-conference schedule continues to be the most difficult in the country. In addition to 23 games against Power 5 opponents (including Notre Dame), the ACC will play 13 non-conference games against teams ranked in the final 2020 AP Top 25 poll. All 14 teams play at least one Power 5 non-conference opponent, while nine teams – Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech – play two.  
The 2021 ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 4 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and feature the winner of the Atlantic Division vs. the winner of the Coastal Division. The game will be televised by ABC with kickoff time announced at a later date.
Thursday, Sept. 2USF at NC State 7:30 p.m., ACCN
Friday, Sept. 3North Carolina at Virginia Tech, 6 p.m., ESPNDuke at Charlotte, 7 p.m., CBSSNOld Dominion at Wake Forest, 7 p.m., ACCN
Saturday, Sept. 4Colgate at Boston College, Noon, ACCNMiami vs. Alabama (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta, Ga.), 3:30 p.m., ABC – previously announcedUMass at Pitt, 4 p.m., ACCNSyracuse at Ohio, 7 p.m., CBSSNClemson vs. Georgia (Duke’s Mayo Classic, Charlotte, N.C.), 7:30 p.m., ABC – previously announcedNorthern Illinois at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ACCNWilliam & Mary at Virginia, 7:30 p.m., RSN
Sunday, Sept. 5Notre Dame at Florida State, 7:30 p.m., ABC – previously announced
Monday, Sept. 6Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Atlanta, Ga.), 8 p.m., ESPN – previously announced
Friday, Sept. 10North Carolina A&T at Duke, 8 p.m., ACCN
Saturday, Sept. 11Boston College at UMass, TBDIllinois at Virginia, 11 a.m., ACCNKennesaw State at Georgia Tech, Noon, RSNPitt at Tennessee, Noon, ESPNNorfolk State at Wake Forest, Noon, ACCNXRutgers at Syracuse, 2 p.m., ACCNMiddle Tennessee at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m., ACCNXSouth Carolina State at Clemson, 5 p.m., ACCNEastern Kentucky at Louisville, 7 p.m., ACCNXAppalachian State at Miami, 7 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNUNC State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNUGeorgia State at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., RSNJacksonville State at Florida State, 8 p.m., ACCN
Friday, Sept. 17UCF at Louisville, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 18Boston College at Temple, Noon, ESPN2 or ESPNUMichigan State at Miami, Noon, ABC or ESPNWestern Michigan at Pitt, Noon, RSNVirginia Tech at West Virginia, Noon, FS1Albany at Syracuse, Noon, ACCNGeorgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPNFlorida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPNNorthwestern at Duke, 4 p.m., ACCNVirginia at North Carolina, 7:30 p.m., ACCNFurman at NC State, 7:30 p.m., RSN
Friday, Sept. 24Wake Forest at Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2 Liberty at Syracuse, 8 p.m., ACCN
Thursday, Sept. 30Virginia at Miami, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Oct. 15Clemson at Syracuse, 7 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Nov. 5Virginia Tech at Boston College, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2
Thursday, Nov. 11North Carolina at Pitt, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Nov. 18Louisville at Duke, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Friday, Nov. 26North Carolina at NC State, 3:30 or 7:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 4ACC Football Championship Game, TBD, ABCCharlotte, N.C. • Bank of America Stadium
ACC Bowl GamesUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl – Thurs., Dec. 23, 2021, 7 p.m., ESPNMilitary Bowl Presented by Perspecta – Mon., Dec. 27, 2021, 2:30 p.m., ESPNTicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl – Tues., Dec. 28, 2021, Noon, ESPNSERVPRO First Responder Bowl – Tues., Dec. 28, 2021, 3:15 p.m., ESPNFenway Bowl – Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, 11 a.m., ESPNNew Era Pinstripe Bowl – Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, 2:15 p.m., ESPNCheez-It Bowl – Wed., Dec. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m., ESPNSan Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – TBDDuke’s Mayo Bowl – Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021, 11:30 a.m., ESPNTaxSlayer Gator Bowl – Fri., Dec. 31, 2021, 11 a.m., ESPNTony the Tiger Sun Bowl – Fri., Dec. 31, 2021, 12:30 p.m., CBSCFP Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl – Fri., Dec. 31, 2021, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ESPNCFP Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – Fri., Dec. 31, 2021, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ESPNChick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Thurs., Dec. 30, 2021, 7 p.m., ESPNPlayStation Fiesta Bowl – Sat., Jan. 1, 2022, 1 p.m., ESPN

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