Navy-Duke will be on TV

The ACC released its TV schedule for the first three weeks of the football season:

http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/060308aaa.html

Saturday, September 13th
Navy at Duke 12:00 Noon ESPNU
NC State at Clemson 12:00 Noon RAYCOM
Cal at Maryland 12:00 Noon ESPN or ESPN2
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech 3:30 PM ABC (and ESPN)
Chattanooga at FSU 3:45 PM ESPNU
Virginia at Connecticut 7:30 PM ESPNU

 

Good news! One other bit:

After the first three weeks of the season (games of Sept. 13) game times and TV will be announced weekly with a ESPN/ABC and Raycom Sports making their choices with a 12-day advanced notice beginning on Monday, Sept. 8 (for games on Saturday, Sept. 20).

So it looks like we won’t hear about the Wake Forest game until a couple weeks into the season. But looking at the ACC schedule that weekend, it’ll be a close one:

Saturday, September 27
Rhode Island at Boston College
Maryland at Clemson
Virginia at Duke
Colorado vs. Florida State (Jacksonville)
North Carolina at Miami
South Florida at NC State
Virginia Tech at Nebraska
Navy at Wake Forest

Navy-Wake is probably the 6th best game TV-wise on that slate, ahead of only URI-BC and UVA-Duke. That’s assuming that David Cutcliffe hasn’t immediately turned Duke around, in which case their game might leapfrog Navy-Wake. Assuming that (as in previous weeks) there are 6 games televised by the ESPNs/Raycom/ABC (which might not be a good assumption at all for all I know), that puts us squarely on the bubble. VT-Nebraska is a Big 12 game, so if that one ends up on Fox Sports Net or TBS or something, that might help. But I would guess that it’s high-profile enough to be picked up by ESPN or ABC. We may be looking at ESPN360 for this one.

But at least you have an easy decision now if you were wondering which road game to attend!

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6 Responses

  1. Awsome news.

    BTW, does TBS even have the rights for games anymore? I knew they used to do Pac-10 and Big 12 matchups, but I thought their contract ran up a year or two ago?

  2. I don’t know. Pretty sure I watched games on TBS last year, but I don’t exactly keep my finger on the pulse of Big 12 TV contracts.

  3. Yes, TBS does Big 12 and Pac-10. Don’t underestimate the drawing power of Navy. ESPN loves to add Navy every chance they can get. Navy-Wake is much better than South Florida-NC State. I see Colorado-Fla. State on ABC and Clemson-Maryland on ESPN. We could get added to JP or ESPNU.

  4. Navy-Wake is definitely more appealing to a national audience, but to a regional, JP Sports/Raycom/Lincoln Financial/or whatever they call it now audience in the southeast, I think NC State would be the better draw. Or maybe not. It might depend on what order these games get drafted by the broadcasters.

  5. Agree on that, I was thinking more of ESPNU for Navy-Wake

  6. FYI, the VT-Nebraska game is already set for TV coverage on ABC/ESPN or FSN:

    http://www.huskerpedia.com/games/2008/vatech08.html

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