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CFB: Atlantic Coast Conference Week 1 Release

Thursday, Aug. 31 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
Elon at Wake Forest 7 p.m., ACCN 133 or 194 956
Series: Wake Forest leads series, 11-0-1; Last meeting: Wake Forest, 49-7 (2019)
ACCN: Drew Carter (play-by-play), Dustin Fox (analyst)

NC State at UConn 7:30 p.m., CBSSN 134 or 193 955
Series: NC State leads series, 3-0; Last meeting: NC State, 41-10 (2022)
CBSSN: Ed Cohen (play-by-play), Christian Fauria (analyst), Keiana Martin (sideline)

Friday, Sept. 1 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
Miami (Ohio) at Miami 7 p.m., ACCN 133 or 193 955
Series: Miami leads series, 3-0; Last meeting: Miami, 54-3 (1987)
ACCN: Jay Alter (play-by-play), Rene Ingoglia (analyst)

Louisville at Georgia Tech – Aflac Kickoff Game 7:30 p.m., ESPN 84, 119 or 194 84
Series: Georgia Tech leads series, 2-0; Last meeting: GT, 46-27 (2020)
ESPN: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline)

Saturday, Sept. 2 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
Northern Illinois at Boston College Noon, ACCN 137 or 193 955
Series: BC leads series, 3-0; Last meeting: Boston College, 23-20 (2017)
ACCN: Chris Cotter (play-by-play), Mark Herzlich (analyst), Ashley Stroehlein (sideline)

Virginia vs. No. 12 Tennessee (in Nashville) Noon, ABC 113 or 194 956
Series: Tennessee leads, 3-1; Last meeting: Tennessee, 22-20 (1991)
ABC: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst), Katie George (sideline)

Wofford at Pitt 3:30 p.m., ACCN 137 or 193 955
Series: First meeting
ACCN: Mike Monaco (play-by-play), Forrest Conoly (analyst), Alex Chappell (sideline)

Colgate at Syracuse 4 p.m., ACCNX 113 or 194 956
Series: Tied, 31-31-5; Last meeting: Syracuse, 33-7 (2016)
ACCNX: Jorge Sedano (play-by-play), Orlando Franklin (analyst), Marilyn Payne (sideline)

No. 21 North Carolina vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte) 7:30 p.m., ABC 82 82
Series: North Carolina leads series, 35-20-4; Last meeting: South Carolina, 38-21 (2021)
ABC: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)

Old Dominion at Virginia Tech 8 p.m., ACCN 137 or 193 955
Series: Tied, 2-2; Last meeting: Old Dominion 20-17 (2022)
ACCN: Wes Durham (play-by-play), Tim Hasselbeck (analyst), Taylor Tannenbaum (sideline)

Sunday, Sept. 3 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
No. 5 LSU vs No. 8 Florida State (Orlando, Fla.) 7:30 p.m., ABC 84 80
Series: FSU leads series, 8-2; Last meeting: Florida State, 24-23 (2022)
ABC: Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline)

Monday, Sept. 4 Time, TV SiriusXM App/Web
No. 9 Clemson at Duke 8 p.m., ESPN 84, 133 or 193 955
Series: Clemson leads series, 37-16-1; Last meeting: Clemson, 35-6 (2018)
ESPN: Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)

The 71st season of ACC Football opens with 12 games over a five-day span throughout the Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 4. No other league plays across all five days in Week One. This is the fifth time in the last seven years the ACC has played over five consecutive days in Week One.

The Labor Day weekend begins on Thursday, Aug. 31, with NC State traveling to UConn and Wake Forest playing host to Elon. On Friday, Sept. 2, Georgia Tech entertains Louisville in the Aflac Kickoff in the first ACC showdown of the 2023 season, and Miami welcomes Miami (Ohio).

Saturday’s slate is highlighted by the Duke’s Mayo Classic between North Carolina and South Carolina at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, and Virginia’s matchup against Tennessee at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Other games on Sept. 2 include Northern Illinois at Boston College, NC State at UConn, Wofford at Pitt, Colgate at Syracuse and Old Dominion at Virginia Tech.

For the second consecutive season, No. 8 Florida State is featured on Labor Day Sunday in the Camping World Kickoff vs. No. 5 LSU in Orlando, Florida. Last season, the Seminoles posted a thrilling 24-23 victory over the Tigers in New Orleans and went on to win 10 games for the first time since 2016.

A Labor Day Monday evening league matchup between Clemson and Duke in Durham, North Carolina, wraps up an eventful opening weekend of ACC football. It is the earliest Clemson and Duke have ever played and just the fourth September meeting between the two schools.

ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from Charlotte on Sept. 2 in advance of the Duke’s Mayo Classic matchup between North Carolina and South Carolina. Hosted by Rece Davis and joined by analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Pat McAfee, the show will originate from Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte, just down the street from Bank of America Stadium, where the Tar Heels face off with the Gamecocks at 7:30 p.m., in a matchup on ABC’s Saturday Night Football.

GameDay has originated from Charlotte three times previously, twice for ACC Championship Games: prior to the 2017 (Clemson vs. Miami) and 2020 (Clemson vs. Notre
Dame) contests. The program also came to Charlotte for the 2021 season opener between Clemson and Georgia.


Clemson is favored to win the 2023 ACC football title for the eighth time in the last nine years, according to a preseason poll of 176 media voters.

2023 ACC Preseason Poll

  1. Clemson (103), 2370
  2. Florida State (67), 2304
  3. North Carolina (5), 1981
  4. NC State (1), 1662
  5. Miami, 1553
    T6. Duke, 1511
    T6. Pitt, 1511
  6. Louisville, 1344
  7. Wake Forest, 1181
  8. Syracuse, 826
  9. Virginia Tech, 678
  10. Georgia Tech, 633
  11. Boston College, 561
  12. Virginia, 365
    First-place votes in parentheses

Boston College: After missing last season with an injury, OL Christian Mahogany returns to the mix this season. He was an All-ACC Second Team pick in 2021 and played 682 offensive snaps, including every offensive snap from Week 2 to Week 10.

Clemson: Clemson won at least 10 games for a school-record 12th consecutive season in 2022. Clemson became only the third FBS program ever to post 11 consecutive 10-win seasons alongside Florida State (14 from 1987-2000) and Alabama (14 from 2008-21).

Duke: Senior OL Graham Barton held a Pro Football Focus grade of 88.2 at the conclusion of the 2022 season, which ranked fifth nationally among offensive tackles. He was the only Power 5 tackle to earn 85.0 grades as both a pass blocker and a run blocker.

Florida State: DE Jared Verse was the only player in the ACC and one of two Power 5 defenders nationally with four games of 2.5 tackles for loss in 2022. He totaled 48 tackles, including 17.0 for loss with 9.0 sacks, last season.

Georgia Tech: Junior DB LaMiles Brooks is coming off a big season in which he racked up three interceptions, 10 passes defended and 52 tackles. He was graded as the ACC’s No. 3-ranked safety by Pro Football Focus, earning All-America grades (80 or higher) from PFF in pass coverage (86.8) and overall defense (81.5).

Louisville: Named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, senior C Bryan Hudson started all 13 games at center a year ago in guiding the UofL offense to an average of 201.0 yards per game on the ground. He played 852 snaps and recorded the highest performance grade on the offensive line.

Miami: Safety Kam Kinchens ranked third nationally in interceptions last season and paced the Hurricanes with 59 tackles. His six picks trail only Bennie Blades (10) and Sean Taylor (10) on Miami’s single-season interceptions list.

North Carolina: Senior LB Cedric Gray had a huge 2022 season with 145 tackles, including 82 solo stops, a sack, 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions, six PBU, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 145 tackles and 82 solos led all Power 5 players.

NC State: Graduate QB Brennan Armstrong is the ACC’s all-time leader in passing yards by a left-handed quarterback (9,034). That mark ranks 12th in FBS history.

Pitt: Senior CB M.J. Devonshire earned All-ACC accolades as both a corner and return specialist last year. He scored three TDs – two on interceptions and one punt return –becoming the first Pitt player to score TDs via both INT and punt returns in the same season since Darrelle Revis in 2006.

Syracuse: First-team All-ACC TE Orande Gadsden set single-season program records for receptions (61) and receiving yards (969) last season. He led the nation in receiving yards by a tight end and was sixth in the ACC in receiving yards by any player regardless of position.

Virginia: Senior QB Tony Muskett started 23 games while at Monmouth and was a two-time First-Team All Big South honoree. He passed for 5,687 yards and 51 touchdowns in three seasons with the Hawks.

Virginia Tech: Sophomore CB Mansoor Delane was a consensus freshman All-American last season after tallying 38 total tackles (17 solo), a team-high eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception.

Wake Forest: Redshirt senior OL Michael Jurgens has started 34 career games with all 34 coming at center before a position change to guard for the 2023 season. Over the last three seasons, he has played 2,541 snaps, the most of any returning Wake player.

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