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I’m not sure what the ACC is trying to accomplish, but they sure seem to be leaving a trail of breadcrumbs in regards to when Virginia Tech is going to play its season opener against North Carolina.
A month ago, the schedules were released for all the ACC Schools, but the time and date for the UNC-VT game was left intentionally vague. It was going to be either on Thursday September 2 or Friday September 3, and there was no time or what channel it would be televised on.
“It’s going to be a Friday game, probably at 8 PM on one of the ESPNs, probably the main one,” I thought.
Today the league confirmed at least the game would be played on Friday, Sept. 3, but still no word of a time or who is televising it. They did at least say it would be in prime time, again, something obvious. You don’t play a game at 1 PM in late-summer heat on a day people have to go to work.
I say it will probably be on one of the ESPNs because the only other option would be the ACC Network, which would mean ESPN – which owns the ACC Network – would be competing with itself. Plus the only other games scheduled for Sept. 3 are Old Dominion at Wake Forest, St. Francis at Eastern Michigan, and Northern Colorado at Colorado.
None, I would think, match up in terms of national appeal to Virginia Tech-North Carolina at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg for ESPN’s "A" game shown in their national window. The only other game with national appeal is the Ohio State-Minnesota game set for Thursday, and by picking the Hokies for Friday, they made sure neither game competes with the other.
So it will probably take two more press releases to get to the point, but it would seem it’s going to be a Friday game, an 8 PM start to allow Sportscenter and whatever regular programming ESPN normally runs right after dinner to conclude, and be on the main ESPN channel.
As the Kingston Trio once sang in their ballad about poor Charlie stuck on Boston's MTA, "These are the times that try men's souls."