ESPN released its early version of the 2010 televised college football schedule. Please keep in mind that this will be updated throughout the spring, summer and fall. Here's a look at the ACC's televised games:
Mon., Sept. 6 Navy vs. Maryland 4 p.m. ESPN
Mon., Sept. 6 Boise State vs. Virginia Tech 8 p.m. ESPN
Thu., Sept. 16 Cincinnati at NC State 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., Sept. 23 Miami at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., Oct. 28 Florida State at NC State 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Thu., Nov. 4 Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech 7:30 p.m. ESPN
It's going to be a entertaining Labor Day in the ACC with both Maryland-Navy and Boise State-Virginia Tech. I covered the last Terps' game against Navy in 2005 and it went down to a memorable fourth-down dance by former running back Lance Ball in the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-8, Ball ran for 20 yards to keep the game-winning scoring drive alive. The Mids should probably be favored in that game this time around, but the Terps are playing with something to prove this year.
This schedule also allows the ACC another run at the Big East. Both Cincinnati and Pitt should be two of the top teams in the country again. If Miami wants to make another early splash, it's going to have to playing at its best from the start.
And of course, the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game has gone a long way the past two years in helping to determine the Coastal Division winner. By November, the Jackets will have had plenty of time to adjust to their new defense and it should again be one of the better games in the conference. As to whether or not its another divisional playoff? Depends on what Miami and UNC have done to that point.