HOOOOOOOOOSSSS ready for some football?
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the first three weeks' worth of game times for the 2012-2013 (see what I did there?) football season. Without further ado, here they are:
September 1st: Richmond @ Virginia - 3PM RSN
September 8th: Penn State @ Virginia - Noon, ABC
September 15th: Virginia @ Georgia Tech - 3:30 PM, ESPNU
The RSN game against Richmond will be seen regionally on Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Comcast Sports Mid Atlantic or NESN, but can also be watched, subject to blackout, on ESPN3. The 3PM start should allow ample time for tailgating before the game (not to mention a chance to recharge before post-game celebration festivities in C-Ville).
Wahoo fans have been eying that Penn State matchup for a while, and the national placement on ABC will give the whole nation, and hopefully plenty of recruits, a chance to check out the Hoos. While that exposure is a big plus, UVA got the dreaded noon slot for this game. Set those alarms now, students! The good news for me is that in the real world, people apparently don't whine about waking up at 10 or 11 AM, so hopefully I could adjust to that lifestyle. Last season, Virginia fans somehow avoided the 12PM time slot at home, likely as a reward for fourth-year students (or possibly by luck of the draw).
UVA kicks off the conference slate Week 3 in Atlanta with a 3:30 start on ESPNU.
One-third of UVA's regular season game-times are currently available, as UVA already has a nationally televised Thursday night game at home against North Carolina on November 15th at 7:30 PM on ESPN. The rest of the information is typically released two weeks prior to each game.
The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game will be played on December 1 in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. You could catch the Hoos compete for an ACC title on either ABC at 8 PM or ESPN at 7:45.