June 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Atlantic Coast Conference will receive plenty of television exposure from the outset in the 2010 college football season. ACC commissioner John Swofford, in conjunction with the league’s television partners, announced Thursday that 19 games will be broadcast over the first three weeks of the season.
Florida State’s first three games – Samford, at Oklahoma and BYU – will be televised and provide the Seminoles with a broad reach nationally. It marks just the second time since 2005 that FSU has opened the season with three televised games.
The Seminoles will open the season on Sept. 4 at home against Samford in the head coaching debut of Jimbo Fisher. Kickoff is set for 12 noon on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. The game will be broadcast live by ESPNU, which now boasts a distribution to 72 million homes. That is a substantially larger number when you consider ESPN reached just 80 million homes three years ago.
“We are very pleased that our first three games will be televised so our fans around the country will get to see the start of Coach Fisher’s tenure,” said Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. “I would certainly prefer not to be kicking off that first game at noon because of the heat, but by the same token you want your program to be coveted by the networks. There is such a positive atmosphere around our football program right now and I know the coaches and players are excited about the television exposure.”
FSU’s highly-anticipated Sept. 11 game at Oklahoma is set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff and will be carried by ABC/ESPN2 (reverse mirror on ESPN2 to parts of the country the ABC broadcast will not reach). It is one of four ACC games on that date which will be nationally televised.
BYU’s Sept. 18 visit to Florida State will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPNU.
As previously announced, FSU will also take part in one of the league’s four ESPN Thursday Night games when it travels to NC State on Oct. 28 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Following the games on Sept. 18, games times and TV designations will be announced weekly with ESPN/ABC and Raycom Sports making their choices with a 12-day advanced notice, beginning Monday, Sept. 13 for games to be played on Saturday, Sept. 25.
FSU 2010 Football Television Schedule
Sept. 4 vs. Samford 12 p.m. ESPNU
Sept. 11 at Oklahoma 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN2
Sept. 18 vs. BYU 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Oct. 28 at NC State 7:30 p.m. ESPN*
* – Thursday night game