Monday, October 8, 2012

UNC, Duke to meet in primetime ... in football

CHAPEL HILL - Primetime nationally-televised games between North Carolina and Duke are nothing new in basketball. Football - well, that's a different story.

But when the Tar Heels and Blue Devils meet on Oct. 20 at Wallace Wade Stadium, they will play in primetime and on national television. The ACC announced earlier today that UNC's game at Duke would begin at 7 p.m., and would be televised either by ESPN2 or ESPNU.

No, it's not exactly the ABC national game of the week (Florida State at Miami has the honors for Oct. 20), but this is good publicity for a rivalry that hasn't exactly created much buzz over the past, oh, 15 to 20 years or so. Actually, UNC and Duke are off to their best combined starts since 1994.

After six games, the Blue Devils that season were a perfect 6-0. UNC was 5-1. The regular season ended with the Tar Heels' 41-40 victory against Duke.

I should also mention here that should UNC and Duke both win this weekend - UNC is at Miami and Duke is at Virginia Tech - I will be lobbying for ESPN's College GameDay to broadcast from Wallace Wade on Oct. 20. What will this lobbying effort consist of? Not much, really. Just a tweet or two.

Join the cause on Twitter: #gamedayatwallacewade

- Andrew Carter


Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't they do the show from that game? They could interview every single tailgater. They've never done that before.

how to be a bookie said...

I love to watch football in the primetime nationally television, I do not know it feels different like the games are more important than in normal TV time, you know what I mean...