THE FLATS -- Kick-off times for Georgia Tech's first two games of the 2013 football season were released Thursday afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Yellow Jackets' season opener, Aug. 31 against Elon at Grant Field, will begin at noon. That game is slated for broadcast by ESPN3, although there is a possibility an over-the-air network could pick up that contest at some point this summer.
Following an open date the second week of the season, Georgia Tech's ACC opener Sept. 14 at Duke will begin at 3:30 p.m., and will be televised by ESPNU.
Georgia Tech has two ESPN Thursday night games on the schedule - Sept. 26 at home versus Virginia Tech, and Nov. 14 at Clemson. As previously announced, both of those games will kick-off just after 7:30 p.m.
Times for Georgia Tech's other eight regular season games will be announced in-season. Those game times are determined by the ACC's television partners and are generally announced six to 12 days before the scheduled date of the game.
The ACC's press release, which can be found here, announced that the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game will be played either at 7:45 p.m. (on ESPN) or 8 p.m. (on ABC), on Dec. 7.
The ACC will again have two syndicated packages produced by the ACC Network this fall: The ACC Network and the Regional Sports Networks (RSN).
The ACC Network will make its 2013 debut, syndicating in 95 markets nationally and more than 62 million TV households with three games, each with a 12:30 p.m. kickoff: Louisiana Tech at NC State (Aug. 31); Middle Tennessee at North Carolina (Sept. 7); and New Mexico at Pittsburgh (Sept. 14).
In addition, ACC Network games are also available digitally on ESPN3 (outside of the ACC footprint) and on theACC.com and on the ACC App for IPhones, IPads and Droid mobile devices.
The ACC will also feature a weekly football game which will air each week on the Regional Sports Networks (RSN) of Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, New England Sports Network (NESN), the YES Network or MSG Network in New York and Root Sports in Pennsylvania, in addition to several other RSNs nationally.
The RSN package will have a 12:30 p.m. kickoff for the first three weeks of the season. The RSN ACC package begins with Maryland hosting Florida International (Aug.31) and continues with Clemson hosting South Carolina State (Sept. 7) and Wake Forest hosting Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 14). The RSN package games are also available outside of their coverage areas on ESPN3.
GEORGIA TECH 2013 SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Time
Aug. 31 ELON 12:00 (ESPN3)
Sept. 7 (open date)
Sept. 14 at Duke 3:30 (ESPNU)
Sept. 21 NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 26 (Thur.) VIRGINIA TECH 7:30 (ESPN)
Oct. 5 at Miami
Oct. 12 at Brigham Young
Oct. 19 SYRACUSE
Oct. 26 at Virginia
Nov. 2 PITTSBURGH
Nov. 9 (open date)
Nov. 14 (Thur.) at Clemson 7:30 (ESPN)
Nov. 23 ALABAMA A&M
Nov. 30 GEORGIA