Countdown to Kickoff Begins: First Three Weeks of ACC Football on ACC Network Announced

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Countdown to Kickoff Begins: First Three Weeks of ACC Football on ACC Network Announced

  • Week 1 Features Three Straight Days of Games Beginning Thursday, Sept. 2
  • Tripleheaders Week 1 and 3; Quadruple Header Week 2
  • ACC Coastal Division Showdown Saturday, Sept. 18 in Primetime

With less than 100 days to the official start of football season, the countdown to kickoff on ACC Network (ACCN), the 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports, has begun. Network officials announced today the first three weeks of football games as part of coverage plans across ESPN Networks for Weeks 1-3 of the 2021 season.

ACCN will air 13 live football games over the first three weeks showcasing 12 conference teams, eight home openers and one conference game. All three weeks will feature at least three games on ACCN, with Weeks 1 and 2 carrying five games.

Week 1 features three straight days of games beginning with South Florida at NC State on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Wake Forest opens its season on ACCN Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. against Old Dominion, while Boston College hosting Colgate kicks off a Saturday tripleheader on the network at noon on Sept. 4. Pitt welcomes UMass to Heinz Field at 4 p.m., while Georgia Tech faces Northern Illinois for this season’s first installment of ACC Network Primetime Football Presented by GEICO at 7:30 p.m.

The action continues in Week 2 with a quadruple header on Saturday, Sept. 11. Illinois at Virginia leads off at 11 a.m., followed by Rutgers at Syracuse at 2 p.m., South Carolina State at six-time defending ACC Champion Clemson at 5 p.m., and Jacksonville State at Florida State at 8 p.m. for ACC Network Primetime Football.

Highlighting Week 3 is another Saturday tripleheader on September 18. Syracuse hosts Albany to start the day’s slate of games at noon and Duke plays Northwestern at 4 p.m., while the nightcap features Virginia at North Carolina in an ACC Coastal Division clash in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Huddle, ACCN’s signature football program, is back Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. – noon to set the ACC football table each week. Host Jordan Cornette along with analysts Eric Mac LainEJ Manuel and Mark Richt will preview and breakdown the week’s slate of games and accompanying storylines each Saturday morning throughout the fall. The quartet will also provide surrounding coverage throughout the day, including an hour post-game show following the conclusion of the ACC Network Primetime Football game.

Additional scheduling details, including talent assignments for each matchup, will be announced later this summer. Details on ESPN’s overall football schedule for the first three weeks of the season can be found here.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Thu, Sep 2 7:30 p.m. South Florida at NC State ACC Network
Fri, Sep 3 7 p.m. Old Dominion at Wake Forest ACC Network
Sat, Sep 4 Noon Colgate at Boston College ACC Network
  4 p.m. UMass at Pitt ACC Network
  7:30 p.m. Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech ACC Network
Fri, Sep 10 8 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Duke ACC Network
Sat, Sep 11 11 a.m. Illinois at Virginia ACC Network
  Noon Norfolk State at Wake Forest ACCNX
  2 p.m. Rutgers at Syracuse ACC Network
  Middle Tennessee State at Virginia Tech ACCNX
  5 p.m. South Carolina State at Clemson ACC Network
  7 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Louisville ACCNX
  8 p.m. Jacksonville State at Florida State ACC Network
Sat, Sep 18 Noon Albany at Syracuse ACC Network
  4 p.m. Northwestern at Duke ACC Network
7:30 p.m. Virginia at North Carolina ACC Network
Fri, Sep 24 8 p.m. Liberty at Syracuse ACC Network


About ACC Network

Owned and operated by ESPN in partnership with the Atlantic Coast ConferenceACC Network (ACCN) and its digital platform ACCNX is a 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports that launched on August 22, 2019. ACCN features regular-season and tournament games from across the conference’s 27 sponsored sports plus a complement of news and information shows and original programming. ESPN has been televising ACC content since 1979 and has exclusive rights to every conference-controlled game across all sports and championships.

Carriage agreements are in place with the following video providers: AT&T TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH Network, fuboTV, Google Fiber, Hulu+ Live TV, Optimum, Sling TV, Spectrum TV, Suddenlink, Verizon Fios, YouTube TV, members of the NCTC, NRTC and Vivicast, among others. All ACCN games will also be available on the ESPN app to authenticated subscribers. Fans interested in learning more about ACCN can visit

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