ACC sets early-season kickoffs

Georgia Tech fans, your dream scenario is one September Saturday away from being realized.

That would be, of course, the first month of the football season without any noon kickoffs. The ACC released its early-season schedule Thursday, confirming the school’s request for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Presbyterian Sept. 8 and also deciding on a 3:30 p.m. start time for the Sept. 15 Virginia home game. With the Sept. 29 home game against Middle Tennessee State also penciled in for 7 p.m., that only leaves the Sept. 22 home game against Miami as undetermined.

You may remember Tech played noon kickoffs at Bobby Dodd Stadium against Kansas, North Carolina and Maryland in the first half of the season, causing cries of torment and anguish.

The Presbyterian-Tech game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the UVA-Tech game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The league also determined a start time for the ACC championship game Dec. 1 in Charlotte – 7:45 p.m. if on ESPN and 8 p.m. if ABC carries the game.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

35 comments Add your comment


May 17th, 2012
3:53 pm

Great news!! The Club section in the East stands is a scorcher on noon starts in September…maybe now e’one will stay in their darn seats and out of the lounge!


5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
3:56 pm


Party in the ATL in comfortable weather.


May 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

Sucks. I have season tickets, but I can’t take my 5-year old to 7pm games unless I want to carry him out at halftime asleep.

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

Scott sorry for you but a 5 year old should be able to stay awake for a game. Hell I was playing little league at 6.

GT parent

May 17th, 2012
4:07 pm

still think GT should not have agreed to the first game with VT, if they lose it will take the wind out of the team knowing that statistically their match up determines the winner in the conference. You can’t get a hotel within 50 miles of blacksburg that weekend. GT needs to take the entire band to the game, they’ll probably be the only ‘fans’ with contiguous seats.


May 17th, 2012
4:12 pm

UOAD, you had little league games at 6 years old that lasted until 10 pm? That’s hard core.

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
4:16 pm

SCOTT No but I could stay awake for a Game I was interested in or played. It isn’t like he can’t take a Nap in the afternoon.

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
4:26 pm

Scott Presbyterian will be a nice Family game. Not too much partying by the Whole Fan Base even though it is a night game it isn’t an ACC game. I really think it will be a good Family game.

Tech Rules

May 17th, 2012
4:33 pm

Scott, I hate it for you but the late start makes tailgating soooo much better.


May 17th, 2012
5:33 pm

Ken, the Virginia Tech game is at 8 p.m. on ESPN, not ESPNU.

GT fan

May 17th, 2012
5:40 pm

Scott … take the bloomers off of your son, hand him a botlle of “whiskey clear”, and tell him to root like hel* for the engineers!


May 17th, 2012
5:46 pm

TDone, it is confusing, but the article said Viginia-Tech (Cavaliers) and not Virgina Tech (Hokies).

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
6:01 pm

We are talking about HOME games so UVa

Date Opponent / Event Location Time

09/03/12 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. 8:00 p.m. ET
09/08/12 vs. Presbyterian Atlanta, Ga. 7:00 p.m. ET
09/15/12 vs. Virginia Atlanta, Ga. 3:30 p.m. ET
09/22/12 vs. Miami Atlanta, Ga. TBA
09/29/12 vs. Middle Tennessee State Atlanta, Ga. 7:00 PM ET

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2012
6:09 pm

We don’t have a Thursday Night home Game. I actually like those.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

May 17th, 2012
9:34 pm

Sept will be interesting. A chance for some serious payback considering we lost to VT, UVa and Miami last year. A clean sweep would be magical but 2 out of 3 would work too.

Ken Sugiura

May 17th, 2012
10:20 pm

sorry for the confusion.

FL Jacket

May 17th, 2012
10:35 pm

“You may remember Tech played noon kickoffs at Bobby Dodd Stadium against Kansas, North Carolina and Maryland in the first half of the season, causing cries of torment and anguish.”

Haha Ken. Hopefully the student contingent that “dresses up” will final be catered to on the start times. After all, it isn’t enough to live within walking distance of BDS, not have to drive to campus, and last but not least…be forced to wake up before 8 AM on a Saturday :O !!


May 18th, 2012
9:04 am

Back in the 50’s and early 60’s Tech students had a half day of classes on Saturday, so making a noon kickoff would have been tough for a different reason!


May 18th, 2012
9:13 am

had a 8a-12p chem lab at lyman ‘71, a lot of 1p kick-offs then-not much tv……..done by 4…….


May 18th, 2012
10:36 am

I Tech fan, and I prefer noon ko’s. Back in early 70’s, ramblin wreck rode on streets around frat houses on game day mornings w/loudspeaker blaring out “Wake up!”. Sleep late for older alums who have earned the right to sleep late.


May 18th, 2012
11:11 am

Was that Run DMC’s “wakeup?”

yeller bug

May 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

Burdell, we’ll still be drinking in the lounge be it a day or night game. Free alcohol and GT on close circuit vs a watered-down soda and live football can be a tough call for game like Presbyterian. If only they’d let us take the booze into the stands…that would be the best of both worlds!

Tech Guy

May 19th, 2012
3:23 am

All games should be at 2PM ON SATURDAY.

GT fan

May 19th, 2012
11:36 am

If given the choice, I myself would choose night starts (7pm). I just like the “under the lights” atmosphere at BDS. But I love my Yellow Jackets, and I’ll show up and get rowdy at whatever time the ticket/ACC tells me to.

Yes, there’s no doubt it can be hotter than two hel*s for Noon KOs in September, but that’s NO EXCUSE for not attending the game if you’re a true GT fan. Soft is what those pansy “it’s too hot” students are, SOFT!

Robert the Yellow Jacket

May 19th, 2012
1:16 pm

Forget the whiskey advice (joke) but consider giving your youngster his first cup of coffee pregame.
It is good to have the VT game first.
They get more time to practice against our offense?
That is not what this game will be decided by.
Beat VT and we will really be rolling.


May 19th, 2012
2:14 pm

7 p.m. starts dramatically increase attendance.

Scott – when your 5 year old starts playing soccer, lacrosse, baseball / whatever, you will actually be able to attend 7 p.m. games instead of missing them for kids’ sports.

Also, get F-ing babysitter like the rest of us for crying out loud. LOL.

go jackets!

5150 UOAD

May 19th, 2012
3:23 pm

Crackbaby…………….LMMFAO………….I played lil football at 6 so I liked the game and wanted to see the Big Boys. I love seeing the Babies at the games but the parents are on the Concourse getting the kids out of the heat and letting them sleep. That can’t be FUN for the parents or child, but Scott with 5 yr old he should have no issues. I would bet that kid could play video games for 6 hours starting at 7 pm. LOL

UGA = Yawn

May 19th, 2012
8:47 pm

pls…pls..beat Georgia!!!!


May 20th, 2012
4:33 pm

I’m a bleeding vagina who won’t go to games because I am too bloody.


May 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

I’m happy for a selfish reason: I got named captain for the fall ALTA season (oh joy!) so late kickoffs are definitely going to be a big help for me! GO JACKETS (& my subdivision!:D)!

Old School

May 20th, 2012
7:39 pm

Football season should start the saturday after Labor Day and try to have as many early afternoon games as possible for families with young children and out of town fans.Back in the day Labor Day was the last weekend of summer and the college football season was only 11 games. I understand 7:00 KO’s in early and mid september ,but not after that. I know. I’m old and no one will listen to me.


May 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

That VT quarterback makes me nervous…he’s like ready for pro…

Marine Jacket

May 21st, 2012
8:15 am


Have to say that I have a 5 year old and can understand your issue. There’s no way I’m bringing mine to the 7pm games. That said, I would be there without her. You have to find someone to watch the kids, and find someone to take that ticket.

Go Jackets!!!!!


May 21st, 2012
6:21 pm

I have a feeling that half of the student section will be too drunk to make it to the Presbyterian game. People are more likely to watch their drinking for a late game against a Clemson or VT purely so they can watch (and remember) some good football. A 7pm Presbyterian game will simply result in 7 hours of binge drinking.


May 24th, 2012
9:09 am

ATL Fire Soccer coach and ALTA player here. Late games are a must for me.