May 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s first three football games – Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest – will all be televised on the ESPN family of networks announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference Thursday. It marks just the fourth time since 2005 that FSU has opened the season with three televised games.
ACC commissioner John Swofford also announced a prime time kickoff for the Seventh Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, the debut of a syndicated ACC Regional Sports Network package and a minimum of 18 nationally-televised exposures during the early season part of the college football season.
The Seminoles open the season on Sept. 1 at home against Murray State in the first ever meeting between the two teams. That weekend is Varsity/Hall of Fame Weekend at FSU. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, ESPN’s web-streaming platform, which is now available in more than 73 million homes, making telecasts of all of the conference’s home games in the first three weeks of the season available to national audiences. The game will also be available on the new WatchESPN app for smartphones and tablets.
“It is always exciting when we can start looking forward to football season,” said Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “The announcement of the times and networks for our first three games gives our fans a chance to start making plans for the fall. For our fans, we are happy that the two games that are played during the hottest part of the season will both be 6 p.m. kickoffs.”
Savannah State’s Sept. 8 visit to Florida State will also kick off at 6 p.m. and be carried on ESPN3.
Florida State opens its quest for the ACC Atlantic Division title in week three when Wake Forest travels to Tallahassee on Military Appreciation Day. Kickoff is slated for Noon and will be broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2 nationally.
As previously announced, FSU will also take part in one of the league’s four ESPN Thursday night games when it travels to Virginia Tech on Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since the Hokies defeated the Seminoles, 44-33, in the 2010 ACC Championship Game and the first regular season meeting between the teams since 2008.
The 2012 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played on December 1 in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., will be nationally televised by either ABC, with an 8 p.m. kickoff, or ESPN at 7:45 p.m. It will be the fourth straight prime time exposure for the ACC title game which drew a sellout crowd of 73,675 fans last year and has averaged 73,027 fans in its two years in Charlotte.
The ACC will again have two syndicated packages produced by the ACC Network this fall. The ACC Network will produce a game of the week which will be seen across the nation on a network of stations which last year included six of the top 10 markets in the nation–including Los Angeles (2), Philadelphia (4), San Francisco (6), Boston (7), Washington (8) and Atlanta (9)–11 of the nation’s top 20 markets and 50 of the nation’s top 100, while averaging 75 markets each week. In addition, ACC Network games are also available digitally on ESPN 3 and on the ACC App for I-Phones, I-Pads and Droid mobile devices.
The Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) throughout the ACC footprint–Fox Sports Florida or Sun Sports, Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Comcast Sports Mid Atlantic and the New England Sports Network (NESN)–will again air a syndicated package of 14 games which will begin with Virginia hosting Richmond on Sept. 1, and continue on Sept. 8 with North Carolina at Wake Forest and on Sept. 15 with Furman at Clemson. All three games will have a 3 p.m. kickoff. All RSN Games are also available on a series of other RSNs outside of the ACC footprint and also digitally on ESPN3.
The schedule features a minimum of 13 televised games in the first three weeks of the season, and that total will rise as several of the league’s seven away non-conference games during this period are likely to be televised as well. The game times and networks for those seven games, which are controlled by their host conferences, are expected to be announced later this year in June.
Season tickets are available for sale by calling the Florida State Ticket Office at 1-888-FSU-NOLE or visiting Seminoles.com.
FSU 2012 Football Television Schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Murray State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Sept. 8 vs. Savannah State, 6 p.m., ESPN3
Sept. 15 vs. Wake Forest, 12 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN*
*Thursday night game