ACC viewers' guide: Kickoff Week features games across the weekend

Here's a quick rundown of all the ACC action as Kickoff Week has arrived. All times ET.


7 p.m.

Charlotte at No. 19 Louisville, ESPN3

This isn't the same kind of Kickoff Week test we're used to seeing from the Cardinals in recent years, but it will be a nice early opportunity for the nation to watch one of the league's budding stars, QB Lamar Jackson. The Cards' defense should have plenty of opportunities to star too.

Tulane at Wake Forest, ACC Network (ACCN)

Dave Clawson expects much more from his third Demon Deacons team. For that to happen, the Deacs need to beat a Green Wave squad that is in its first game under new coach Willie Fritz, who has used a ground attack to success virtually everywhere he has been, most recently at Georgia Southern.

7:30 p.m.

William & Mary at NC State, ACCN

The Wolfpack's nonconference slate does get tougher this year, but the opener will be about figuring out the quarterback situation, as both Jalan McClendon and Boise State grad transfer Ryan Finley will share time in first-year coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz’s offense.


7 p.m.

Colgate at Syracuse, ACCN

Dino Babers is the first new ACC coach to make his debut, as he hopes to unveil a much faster Orange squad and have it eventually look like his Bowling Green or Eastern Illinois teams. Colgate should offer a chance for the nation to see some of what that 'Cuse attack is capable of in its early stages.


7:30 a.m.

Georgia Tech vs. Boston College (in Dublin), ESPN2

What’s better than waking up to college football? These teams are in desperate need for any win -- especially an ACC one -- after both went 3-9 last year and combined for one league victory. BC has kept its starting QB situation under wraps, but either Darius Wade or Patrick Towles should provide a boost to the offense.

12:30 p.m.

Liberty at Virginia Tech, ESPN3

This game is significant if only for the fact it will mark the first time since 1986 that Frank Beamer is not coaching the Hokies. It's now the Justin Fuente era, and how fast he can get this offense up to speed under new QB Jerod Evans should dictate plenty about this season in Blacksburg.

1:30 p.m.

Villanova at Pitt, ESPN3

Two words are reason enough to tune into this one: James Conner. The 2014 league player of the year has been champing at the bit to get back on the field after suffering an MCL tear in last year’s opener and then getting diagnosed with cancer, and now that he is fully recovered and has been an inspiration to so many, his return to the field should be a very special occasion.

3:30 p.m.

Richmond at Virginia, ESPN3

Bronco Mendenhall's first game at UVA may come against an FCS team, but it's not exactly a layup, as the Spiders made the national semifinals last season and would like nothing more than to make a big opening statement in their home state.

5:30 p.m.

No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina (in Atlanta), ESPN

This might be the most intriguing ACC game of all during Kickoff Week, as the Tar Heels are looking to prove that last season's 11-win campaign was no fluke. Beating new UGA coach Kirby Smart in the Peach State would force the nation to take UNC seriously this fall.

6 p.m.

North Carolina Central at Duke, ESPN3

It's the Daniel Jones show now in Durham, as the redshirt freshman assumes the keys to David Cutcliffe’s offense after Thomas Sirk’s third Achilles tear. The Blue Devils have a tough month ahead with nonconference opponents, so this will be a nice introduction for Jones to get his feet wet.

Florida A&M at Miami, ESPN3

Mark Richt is the last of the new ACC coaches to make his debut, also against an FCS team. He has a potential high draft pick at QB in Brad Kaaya, but defensive questions linger, especially in light of two dismissals last week.

9 p.m.

No. 2 Clemson at Auburn, ESPN

Deshaun Watson and arguably the nation’s most exciting offense take the field under the lights of Jordan-Hare Stadium for what promises to be one of the most electric environments of Kickoff Week. The biggest thing to watch will be how the youngsters on the Clemson defense adjust to the tempo of Auburn.


8 p.m.

No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 4 Florida State (in Orlando), ESPN

We all know what happened the last time FSU started a redshirt freshman on Labor Day night, right? OK, so no one is comparing Deondre Francois to Jameis Winston just yet, but the newcomer has his work cut out for him against the defending Sugar Bowl champs. The talent around him, however, is certainly there to make a title run.