BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 1: Kyle Fuller #17 of the Virginia Tech University Hokies breaks up a pass attempt against Martavis Bryant #1 of the Clemson University Tigers on October 1, 2011 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
The Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship Game at 8 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 3 in Charlotte. The game will be broadcast nation-wide on ESPN and ESPN3D and will be available online at ESPN3.com.
According to Virginia Tech's football twitter feed, Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit will call the game. My guess is the two are getting the ACCCG assignment over Bedlam due to Charlotte's proximity to Atlanta, where Herbstreit will be Saturday morning for College GameDay.
The ACC Championship Game will have plenty of competition for eyeballs this year, with both the Big Ten Championship Game between Wisconsin and Michigan State on FOX and Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on ABC kicking off at the same time.
Last year, the game kicked off around the same time as the Big 12 Championship Game between Oklahoma and Nebraska and a Big East game between Connecticut and South Florida. The ACCCG received a 1.8 Nielsen rating, beating the 1.6 the game received in 2009, the first year it was moved from ABC to ESPN. The 2009 game also went against the Big 12 Championship between Texas and Nebraska and a Big East game between UConn and USF.
This will be Virginia Tech's third game on a nation-wide ESPN broadcast this year. The previous two were its two Thursday-night wins over Georgia Tech and North Carolina. Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Hokies are 22-12 on ESPN national broadcasts.