2021 Preseason All-Gridiron Team Announced

Carolina Gridiron is pleased to announce the 2021 preseason All-Gridiron team. Congratulations to each of the players chosen and best wishes for a successful 2021 season.

Check Out The Weekly Top 15 This Season

CarolinaGridiron.com releases Top 15 Rankings every week. Be sure to check back each Thursday duing the season to see where your favorite team is ranked.

College Football in North Carolina

Carolina Gridiron is expanding coverage of all college football teams in the state of North Carolina this season. See how your favorite college team is doing on the gridiron this year.

Carolina Gridiron Media Pick'Em

This season, Carolina Gridiron is launching a new media pick ‘em contest featuring some of the state’s top sports media. Each week, we will select a slate of ten games from across the state of North Carolina with a mix of high school and college games being thrown in.

Scrimmages and Jamborees

With your help, we are able to yearly put together the most comprehensive statewide high school football jamboree/scrimmage list in North Carolina. Thank you to all who have helped put together past lists and we are looking forward to next season.

Championship Central

Relive the unique experience that was the Spring 2021 North Carolina high school football state championships. Check back later this fall for more state championship news and updates.

ACC Announces New Scheduling Model

GREENSBORO – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Tuesday a new football scheduling model that will go into effect beginning with the 2023 season.

The new model is based on a 3-5-5 structure whereby each team will play three primary opponents annually and face the other 10 league teams twice during the four-year cycle, once at home and once on the road. The schedule allows for each team to face all 13 conference opponents home and away at least once during the four-year cycle. The structure was adopted by the league’s athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives earlier today. 

The new schedule will eliminate the Atlantic and Coastal divisions with all 14 schools competing in one division beginning in 2023. The top two teams based on conference winning percentage will compete in the Subway ACC Football Championship Game on the first Saturday in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. In May, the NCAA Division I Council approved the deregulation of the current rule that had limited an individual conference's autonomy to determine their football championship game participants.

“The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “We appreciate the thoughtful discussions within our membership, including the head football coaches and athletic directors. In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs, and fans, at this time.”

A special one-hour edition of The Huddle will air on ACC Network on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss the new scheduling format. The show will be hosted by Drew Carter and feature analysis from Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel, and Mark Richt.


The three primary partners for each ACC team are as follows:

Boston College: Miami, Pitt, Syracuse

Clemson: Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State

Duke: North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest

Florida State: Clemson, Miami, Syracuse

Georgia Tech: Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest

Louisville: Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia

Miami: Boston College, Florida State, Louisville

North Carolina: Duke, NC State, Virginia

NC State: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina

Pitt: Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

Syracuse: Boston College, Florida State, Pitt

Virginia: Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech: Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest

Wake Forest: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech


The 2023-2026 ACC Schedules (home and away) are as follows:


2023 ACC Football Schedule

Boston College: Home – Florida State, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse

Clemson: Home – Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest; Away – Duke, Miami, NC State, Syracuse

Duke: Home – Clemson, NC State, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia

Florida State: Home – Duke, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest

Georgia Tech: Home – Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away – Clemson, Miami, Virginia, Wake Forest

Louisville: Home – Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, Pitt 

Miami: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State

North Carolina: Home – Duke, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia; Away – Clemson, Georgia Tech, NC State, Pitt

NC State: Home – Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina; Away – Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Pitt: Home – Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina; Away – Duke, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Syracuse: Home – Boston College, Clemson, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia Tech

Virginia: Home – Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina

Virginia Tech: Home – NC State, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake Forest; Away – Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia

Wake Forest: Home – Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Pitt; Away – Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia Tech


2024 ACC Football Schedule

Boston College: Home – Clemson, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake Forest; Away – Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina 

Clemson: Home – Louisville, Miami, NC State, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech

Duke: Home – Boston College, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Miami, NC State, Syracuse, Wake Forest

Florida State: Home – Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State; Away – Georgia Tech, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia

Georgia Tech: Home – Clemson, Florida State, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

Louisville: Home – Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away – Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Miami: Home – Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Pitt; Away – Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, Wake Forest

North Carolina: Home – Boston College, NC State, Pitt, Virginia Tech; Away – Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia

NC State: Home – Duke, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest; Away – Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Pitt

Pitt: Home – NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina

Syracuse: Home – Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami; Away – Boston College, Louisville, NC State, Pitt

Virginia: Home – Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Wake Forest; Away – Clemson, Duke, Pitt, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia; Away – Duke, North Carolina, Pitt, Wake Forest

Wake Forest: Home – Duke, Louisville, Miami, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia 


2025 ACC Football Schedule

Boston College: Home – Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, NC State; Away – Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech

Clemson: Home – Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse; Away – North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Wake Forest

Duke: Home – Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Wake Forest; Away – Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pitt

Florida State: Home – Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake Forest; Away – Clemson, Duke, Louisville, Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech: Home – Duke, Louisville, Miami, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, Wake Forest 

Louisville: Home – Florida State, NC State, Pitt, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami

Miami: Home – Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia

North Carolina: Home – Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia; Away – Miami, NC State, Syracuse, Wake Forest

NC State: Home – Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Miami

Pitt: Home – Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, Louisville, Syracuse, Virginia Tech

Syracuse: Home – Boston College, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia Tech; Away – Clemson, Florida State, Virginia, Wake Forest

Virginia: Home – Boston College, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State

Virginia Tech: Home – Boston College, Florida State, Pitt, Wake Forest; Away – Miami, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia

Wake Forest: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away – Duke, Florida State, Pitt, Virginia Tech 


2026 ACC Football Schedule

Boston College: Home – Duke, North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse; Away – Clemson, Miami, NC State, Wake Forest

Clemson: Home – Boston College, NC State, Pitt, Virginia Tech; Away – Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia

Duke: Home – Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse; Away – Boston College, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Florida State: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Virginia; Away – Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse

Georgia Tech: Home – Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest; Away – Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Pitt 

Louisville: Home – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest; Away – Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia 

Miami: Home – Boston College, Florida State, Syracuse, Wake Forest; Away – Duke, Louisville, Pitt, Virginia Tech

North Carolina: Home – Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Wake Forest; Away – Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech

NC State: Home – Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Pitt; Away – Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse 

Pitt: Home – Georgia Tech, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech; Away – Boston College, Clemson, NC State, Virginia

Syracuse: Home – Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Virginia; Away – Boston College, Duke, Miami, Pitt

Virginia: Home – Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt; Away – Florida State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Virginia Tech: Home – Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia; Away – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Wake Forest

Wake Forest: Home – Boston College, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech; Away – Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina






Story courtesy of ACC Communications

Sun Belt Announces 2022 TV Schedule


NEW ORLEANS — Heading into the 2022 season, its first as a 14-member football conference, the Sun Belt joins ESPN in announcing updates to its 2022 football schedule on Thursday. 

The announcement includes both kickoff times and network designations for the majority of games during the first three weeks of the season, all midweek games throughout the 2022 campaign, and the conference’s bowl lineup. 2022 marks the 11th-consecutive year that every Sun Belt home game will appear on an ESPN platform. 

“We are excited to welcome four storied football programs and engaged fanbases into our membership—James Madison, Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss—during the 2022 season,” said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill. “This schedule showcases the strength of Sun Belt Conference football and our partnership with ESPN, as we look to build upon our successes over the past few seasons.”

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion kicks off the Sun Belt’s linear appearances on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on ESPNU. 

The Sun Belt will have three additional linear appearances on Saturday, Sept. 3—the first full Saturday of the college football season—UNC will visit App State at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT on ESPNU; Troy will travel to Ole Miss at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT on SEC Network, and ULM will take on Texas at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on Longhorn Network. 

A marquee non-conference Saturday slate on Sept. 10 will feature five linear broadcasts—UNC at Georgia State on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT; Arkansas State at Ohio State on Big Ten Network at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT; Southern Miss at Miami on ACC Network at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT; App State at Texas A&M on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT; and Georgia Southern at Nebraska on FS1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT.

Texas State at Baylor at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT on FS1; Old Dominion at Virginia at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on ACC Network; South Alabama at UCLA at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on Pac-12 Network; and ULM at Alabama at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT on SEC Network will also be showcased on national linear networks on Saturday, Sept. 17. 

In midweek action, App State at Coastal Carolina at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 3, will receive flagship billing on ESPN. Louisiana at Marshall at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Georgia State at App State at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Oct. 19, will be broadcast on ESPN2. 

Other ESPNU appearances include Coastal Carolina at Georgia State at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Sept. 22; Troy at South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 20; Louisiana at Southern Miss at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Oct. 27; and Georgia Southern at Louisiana at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 10.  

The 2022 Sun Belt Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3, will air on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT. The game will feature the champions of the conference’s East and West Divisions and will be played at the site of the divisional winner with the best overall conference record. 

The 2022 season will conclude with the Sun Belt guaranteed a minimum of five spots in postseason bowl games—the Cure Bowl, Lending Tree Bowl, Myrtle Beach Bowl, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, and Camellia Bowl. 

The Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla., will kick off the Sun Belt’s bowl season on Friday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT on ESPN. 

Two Sun Belt stadiums will once again play host to bowl games. The Cure Bowl will be contested at South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala., at 5:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 17, and will be broadcast nationwide on ESPN. The Myrtle Beach Bowl will be played at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C., at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 19, and will also be showcased on ESPN. 

The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La., will air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 21, while the Camellia Bowl at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., will round out the Sun Belt’s guaranteed bowl assignments at 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Dec. 27, on ESPN. 

The College Football Playoff also guarantees that a spot among the New Year’s Six bowl games will be awarded to the highest-ranked champion from the Group of Five conferences. 

The Sun Belt continues to pace the FBS with a .649 bowl winning percentage—including 3-of-4 in 2021—since the dawn of the College Football Playoff era in 2014. 

 

2022 SUN BELT CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Friday, September 2 

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPNU 

 

Saturday, September 3

UNC at App State, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – ESPNU 

Norfolk State at Marshall, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Troy at Ole Miss, 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT – SEC Network

Nicholls State at South Alabama, 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Morgan State at Georgia Southern, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Middle Tennessee at James Madison, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Army at Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Grambling State at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Liberty at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Georgia State at South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPN+/SECN+

ULM at Texas, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT – Longhorn Network

Texas State at Nevada, TBA – TBA 

 

Saturday, Sept. 10

UNC at Georgia State, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – ESPNU

Arkansas State at Ohio State, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – BTN

Southern Miss at Miami, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – ACC Network 

South Alabama at Central Michigan, 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT – ESPN+ 

Marshall at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT – TBA

App State at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT – ESPN2 

Norfolk State at James Madison, 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Old Dominion at East Carolina, 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Eastern Michigan at Louisiana, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – TBA

Alabama A&M at Troy, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN3

FIU at Texas State, 7 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Georgia Southern at Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – FS1

Nicholls State at ULM, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT – ESPN3


Saturday, Sept. 17

Texas State at Baylor, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – FS1 

Buffalo at Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Old Dominion at Virginia, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT – ACC Network

South Alabama at UCLA, 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT – Pac-12 Network

Troy at App State*, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Georgia Southern at UAB, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT – Stadium

ULM at Alabama, 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT – SEC Network

Marshall at Bowling Green, 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT – TBA 

Charlotte at Georgia State, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Northwestern State at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN3

Arkansas State at Memphis, 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT – ESPN+

Louisiana at Rice, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPN+

 

Thursday, Sept. 22

Coastal Carolina at Georgia State*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPNU 


Wednesday, Oct. 12 

Louisiana at Marshall*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPN2

 

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Georgia State at App State*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPN2

 

Thursday, Oct. 20 

Troy at South Alabama*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPNU

 

Thursday, Oct. 27 

Louisiana at Southern Miss*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPNU

 

Thursday, Nov. 3

App State at Coastal Carolina*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPN

 

Thursday, Nov. 10 

Georgia Southern at Louisiana*, 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT – ESPNU

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Sun Belt Football Championship Game, 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT – ESPN  

 

Friday, Dec. 16

Cure Bowl, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT – ESPN

 

Saturday, Dec. 17 

LendingTree Bowl, 5:45 p.m. ET/4:45 p.m. CT – ESPN

 

Monday, Dec. 19 

Myrtle Beach Bowl, 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT – ESPN

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT – ESPN

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27

Camellia Bowl, 12 p.m. ET/11 a.m. CT – ESPN

 

* Sun Belt Conference Game

ACC Football Game Times and Networks Announced



GREENSBORO – The Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the kickoff times and networks for all ACC-controlled contests during the early weeks of the 2022 football season Thursday. 

Also included are the times and networks for the Thursday and Friday night contests throughout the 2022 season. 

ESPN also announced its complete bowl schedule, which includes most ACC-affiliated bowl games.  

“We look forward to the upcoming 2022 ACC football season and anticipate a fantastic year with our student-athletes competing at the highest level for ACC and national championships,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “As part of playing arguably the most challenging non-conference schedule in the country, we open the season with some incredible games, which include five consecutive days of football over the Labor Day weekend. We appreciate the outstanding coverage our television partners provide to our institutions and now with full distribution, we specifically look forward to this season of football coverage on ACC Network.”

The ACC football season gets underway on Saturday, Aug. 27, when Florida State hosts Duquesne at 5 p.m. on ACC Network and North Carolina hosts Florida A&M at 8:15 p.m. on ACC Network in Week Zero. It marks the first August season opener for the league since 2019. 

The ACC will be featured throughout the Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) with 12 games over a five-day span. No other league plays across all five days in Week One. This is the fourth time in the last six years the ACC has played over five consecutive days in Week One. The Labor Day weekend begins on Thursday, Sept. 1, with both of last year’s ACC division champions in action. ACC and Coastal Division Champion Pitt hosts West Virginia at Heinz Field at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest opens against VMI in Winston-Salem at 7:30 p.m. on ACC Network. On Friday, Sept. 2, Virginia Tech plays at Old Dominion at 7 p.m. on ESPN, while Duke plays host to Temple at 7:30 p.m. on ACC Network. 

Saturday’s slate includes the first of four games this season against an Alliance member school – Boston College vs. Rutgers (Big Ten) at noon on ESPNU – and the first league matchup of the year with Louisville at Syracuse at 8 p.m. on ACC Network. Other games on Sept. 3 include North Carolina at Appalachian State at noon on ESPNU, NC State at East Carolina at noon on ESPN, Richmond at Virginia at 12:30 p.m. on RSN, and Bethune-Cookman at Miami at 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network. 

On Sunday, Sept. 4, Florida State travels to New Orleans to face LSU at the Caesars Superdome in the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The following night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Labor Day Monday, Georgia Tech hosts Clemson at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 8 p.m. on ESPN. 

The second weekend of the season features a conference battle with Boston College at Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. on ACC Network. Two Alliance matchups are also in Week Two – Duke at Northwestern at Noon on FS1 and Virginia at Illinois at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. Wake Forest plays at Vanderbilt at noon on SEC Network, Tennessee travels to Pitt at 3:30 p.m. on ABC and Syracuse plays at UConn at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Week three begins with a Friday (Sept. 16) night game between Florida State and Louisville at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Four Power 5 matchups are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, including Purdue at Syracuse at noon on ESPN2, Ole Miss at Georgia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, Texas Tech at NC State at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and Miami at Texas A&M at 9 p.m. on ESPN. 

The ACC’s non-conference schedule continues to be the most difficult in the country. In addition to 21 games against Power 5 opponents, the ACC will play eight non-conference games against teams ranked in the final 2021 Associated Press Top 25 poll. All 14 ACC teams play at least one Power 5 non-conference opponent, while seven schools – Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Syracuse – play two. ACC teams will play 27 games against opponents that appeared in a bowl game last year. ACC teams will play nine non-conference games against teams in ESPN’s 2022 Way-Too-Early Top 25. 

The 2022 Subway ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and feature the winner of the Atlantic Division vs. the winner of the Coastal Division. The ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation have an agreement in place to keep the championship game in Charlotte through the 2030 season. The game will be televised by ABC with kickoff time announced at a later date.


Saturday, Aug. 27

Duquesne at Florida State, 5 p.m., ACCN

Florida A&M at North Carolina, 8:15 p.m., ACCN


Thursday, Sept. 1

West Virginia at Pitt, 7 p.m., ESPN

VMI at Wake Forest, 7:30 p.m., ACCN


Friday, Sept. 2

Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Temple at Duke, 7:30 p.m., ACCN


Saturday, Sept. 3

Rutgers at Boston College, Noon, ACCN

North Carolina at Appalachian State, Noon, ESPNU

NC State at East Carolina, Noon, ESPN

Richmond at Virginia, 12:30 p.m., RSN

Bethune-Cookman at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ACCN

Louisville at Syracuse, 8 p.m., ACCN


Sunday, Sept. 4

Allstate Louisiana Kickoff

Florida State at LSU (New Orleans, La.)

Caesars Superdome, 7:30 p.m., ABC (previously announced)


Monday, Sept. 5

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Clemson at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 8 p.m., ESPN


Friday, Sept. 9

Louisville at UCF, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2


Saturday, Sept. 10

Duke at Northwestern, Noon, FS1

Southern Miss at Miami, Noon, ACCN

North Carolina at Georgia State, Noon, ESPNU

Wake Forest at Vanderbilt, Noon, SECN

Charleston Southern at NC State, 12:30 p.m., RSN

Furman at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ACCN

Tennessee at Pitt, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Virginia at Illinois, 4 p.m., ESPNU

Western Carolina at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+

Syracuse at UConn, 7 p.m., CBSSN

Boston College at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m., ACCN

Open: Florida State


Friday, Sept. 16

Florida State at Louisville, 7 p.m., ESPN


Saturday, Sept. 17

Wofford at Virginia Tech, 11 a.m., ACCN

Purdue at Syracuse, Noon, ESPN2

Old Dominion at Virginia, 2 p.m., ACCN

Ole Miss at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC

Liberty at Wake Forest, 5 p.m., ACCN

North Carolina A&T at Duke, 6 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+

Texas Tech at NC State, 7 p.m., ESPN2

Pitt at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU

Maine at Boston College, 7:30 p.m., RSN

Louisiana Tech at Clemson, 8 p.m., ACCN

Miami at Texas A&M, 9 p.m., ESPN

Open: North Carolina


Thursday, Sept. 22

West Virginia at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Friday, Sept. 23

Virginia at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Thursday, Oct. 20

Virginia at Georgia Tech, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Thursday, Oct. 27

Virginia Tech at NC State, 7:30 p.m., ESPN


Friday, Nov. 4

Duke at Boston College, 7 p.m., ESPN2


Friday, Nov. 25

NC State at North Carolina, Noon or 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN

Florida at Florida State, 7:30 p.m., ABC (previously announced)


Saturday, Dec. 3

2022 Subway ACC Football Championship Game, TBD, ABC

Atlantic Division Champion vs. Coastal Division Champion

Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium


ACC Bowl Game Affiliations

Wasabi Fenway Bowl – Saturday, Dec. 17, 11:00 a.m., ESPN

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl – Friday, Dec. 23, TBD, ESPN

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl – Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:15 or 6:45 p.m., ESPN

Military Bowl Presented by Peraton – Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m., ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl – Thursday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., ESPN

Cheez-It Bowl – Thursday, Dec. 29, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Duke’s Mayo Bowl – Friday, Dec. 30, Noon, ESPN

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl – Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, 2 p.m., CBS

TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – Friday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Capital One Orange Bowl – Friday, Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – Saturday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m. or 8 p.m., ESPN

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl – Saturday, Dec. 31, 4 or 8 p.m., ESPN

Tampa Bay Bowl – Monday, Jan. 2, Noon, ESPN2

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic – Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m., ESPN

College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T – Monday, Jan. 9, TBD, ESPN

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – TBD 

Charlotte 49ers Unveil EverGreen Athletics Facilities Master Vision, Calls For Expansion to Richardson Stadium

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte 49ers Athletics Department has announced its EverGreen Athletics Facilities Master Vision, which will integrate into UNC Charlotte’s overall campus master plan that is being updated. EverGreen includes substantial upgrades to existing facilities as well as the construction of new spaces to enhance the overall development of its entire program. 

“As the University embarks upon an overall campus master planning process, the athletics master vision will be a key component of it,” said Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber. “This ambitious plan is reflective of the upward trajectory of UNC Charlotte's athletics program which is, for many of our constituents, the 'front porch' of the University. We are committed to providing an experience for our students, alumni, and fans that mirrors the excellence embodied throughout UNC Charlotte - in our academics, research, community engagement, and every other facet of what we do.”

While the vision offers a 12-15 year look at what the future holds for all 49ers campus facilities, Charlotte is currently focused on the $102 million Phase I, which features the first expansion of Jerry Richardson Stadium, a design already underway for a new softball clubhouse and recently completed upgrades to the football locker room. Phase I also includes the construction of a new stadium to be shared by men’s and women’s soccer and the newly announced women’s lacrosse program, a clubhouse for the baseball program, and men's and women's basketball locker room renovations.   

“This is a vision of what we intend to become,” said Mike Hill, director of athletics. “We have aspirations to achieve greatness and further elevate the visibility and profile of our University. As we take the next step in our growth by joining the American Athletic Conference, our competition gets tougher against more established programs, so it is imperative that we provide our coaches and student-athletes with the resources necessary to compete for championships. Our fans deserve the very best experience when they come to support their beloved Niners.”  

Projects identified in Phase I, for which fundraising efforts have begun, are critical to the 49ers' transition to the American Athletic Conference and the addition of their 19th sport, women’s lacrosse.

“This initiative is a tangible reflection of Charlotte’s commitment to competition in the American Athletic Conference and at the highest level of Division I athletics,” said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. “It aligns with the shared vision of our conference membership and the sustained progress that has defined The American since our inception. I applaud Chancellor Sharon Gaber, Athletic Director Mike Hill and all those who strongly support this great university as its commitment to excellence continues. The University leadership’s foresight, acumen and dynamic approach have made this vision a reality that will be transformative for the University and its athletics program.”

The EverGreen Master Vision is led by nationally renowned HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, and Jenkins-Peer Architects, a highly regarded and award-winning local firm. HOK has nationwide experience in the athletic construction field, while Jenkins-Peer designed Jerry Richardson Stadium and the Judy W. Rose Football Center as well as other projects on campus, including the University Recreation Center. 

The process included input from coaches, student-athletes, athletics staff, supporters, and university and athletic administrators. Originally, the plan was to be finalized in spring 2020; however, due to the pandemic, it was temporarily paused and subsequently modified.          

“The American invited us to join because of the incredible trajectory of our athletics program, university, and city,” Hill added. “Our ability to clearly articulate this vision, including expansion of the football stadium, was certainly a factor. To achieve our goals, we will need to galvanize the resources of our amazing city and university. We can do this together.”

      

PHASE I PROJECTS UNDERWAY OR COMPLETE:

BOB DAUGHTRIDGE SOFTBALL CLUBHOUSE

Adjacent to the Lewis Family Softball Training Facility behind the first baseline, the softball clubhouse will serve as the new home for 49ers softball, including locker room and team meeting space, coaches’ offices and a training room. Softball’s departure from the Wells Fargo Fieldhouse allows for future expansion of women’s sports within that facility.

JUDY W. ROSE FOOTBALL CENTER LOCKER ROOM

New lockers maximize space for the football team and provide enhanced technology and equipment storage for over 100 student-athletes. 

UPCOMING PHASE I PROJECTS:

JERRY RICHARDSON STADIUM EXPANSION

The first expansion of Jerry Richardson Stadium will provide additional access to 49ers games and significantly upgrade the fan experience by offering club seating, loge boxes, hospitality suites, an outdoor terrace, and a mezzanine club as well as the traditional press suite level. The initial stages of this project will push the capacity over 21,000 while the ultimate objective of Phase I is to accommodate over 30,000 fans.







MEN'S AND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOCKER ROOMS ENHANCEMENTS

Locker rooms for both the 49ers' men's and women's basketball programs will undergo substantial renovations to allow for a heightened student-athlete experience. The new layouts will create more space and seating as well as player lounges and meeting space.

SOCCER/LACROSSE STADIUM

Phase I calls for the relocation of the playing venue for the Charlotte 49ers' men's and women's soccer programs, which will return the programs to their playing site prior to the construction of Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field in 1996. The soccer and lacrosse stadium will provide a spectacular new home for the 49ers' national-caliber men’s and women’s soccer programs as well as the program’s newest sport, women’s lacrosse. The stadium will offer excellent fan amenities while bringing Niner Nation up close to on-field action. Until its completion, the lacrosse program will play home games at Jerry Richardson Stadium.

BARNHARDT-HALTON BASEBALL CLUBHOUSE

To move baseball operations entirely to Robert and Mariam Hayes Stadium, a new clubhouse will feature coaches' offices, locker rooms, training room and team spaces. The baseball clubhouse will sit on the right field line between the grandstand and indoor facility and will feature a terrace for fans to congregate and watch games. In addition, baseball vacating the Wells Fargo Fieldhouse will create a home for the women’s lacrosse team.

FUTURE PROJECTS

Additional Phases of EverGreen will include construction of and expansion and renovations to other athletics facilities that will impact each and every one of the 49ers’ programs. Those projects include: Basketball Practice Facility and Student-Athlete Enhancement Center, Irwin Belk Track and Field Center enhancements, Dale F. Halton Arena enhancements, Indoor Football Practice Facility, Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium expansion, a new Wells Fargo Fieldhouse, Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex Indoor Facility, and Robert & Mariam Hayes Stadium expansion.