With games played on Thursday nights and seemingly any time of the day Saturday, football schedules have become more challenging than ever for college teams.
Wake Forest will learn that first hand on Sept. 18 when it visits Stanford for an 11:15 p.m. Eastern Time start on ESPN2. Don't plan on watching at a sports bar - the game almost certainly won't be over when the bars close at 2 a.m.
The Deacons' late start was the most eye-catching item today as the ACC announced game times and television assignments for the first three weeks of the football season. (Some of the times and TV slots were announced previously):
Wake Forest: Sept. 2 vs. Presbyterian, 6 p.m.; Sept. 11 vs. Duke, Noon, Raycom; Sept. 18 at Stanford, 11:15 p.m., ESPN-2.
Duke: Sept. 4 vs. Elon, 7 p.m.; Sept. 11 at Wake Forest, Noon, Raycom; Sept. 18 Alabama, 3:30 p.m., ABC.
North Carolina: Sept. 4 vs. LSU, 8 p.m., ABC; Sept. 18 at North Carolina, Noon, Raycom.
N.C. State: Sept. 4 Western Carolina, 6 p.m.; Sept. 11 at Central Florida, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 16 Cincinnati, 7:30, ESPN.
The complete schedule of ACC game times is here.
-- Ken Tysiac