The first three weeks of the ACC football schedule now have times and TV assignments, and Maryland fans who frequently caterwaul about early kickoffs should be pleased.
The Sept. 9 opener at California will be a 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local) start and televised by ESPN2. This, of course, has been known for more than a month.
Next up is James Madison’s trip to Byrd Stadium, an untelevised 6 p.m. kick on Sept. 12.
Then there’s the return trip from Middle Tennessee on Sept. 19, which will start at 3:30 and draw the ESPN360 treatment.
So for the first quarter of the schedule, there’s no noon games, which should no doubt please tailgaters who have zero interest in arriving in College Park at 7 a.m. to begin their, ahem, preparations.
The rest of the times —- against Rutgers and then the eight ACC games —- will be announced within 12 days of the game.
Meanwhile, here’s a look at a couple other locals and their early schedules:
Sept. 5: William & Mary, 6, ESPN360
Sept. 12: Texas Christian, 3:30, ESPNU
Sept. 19: at Southern Mississippi, 3:30, CBS College Sports
Sept. 5: vs. Alabama in Atlanta, 8, ABC
Sept. 12: Marshall, 1:30, ESPN360
Sept. 19: Nebraska, 3:30, ABC/ESPN2
—- Patrick Stevens