2022 Subway ACC Football Championship Game set for Saturday
Saturday, Dec. 3, Time, TV, SiriusXM, App/Web
No. 9 Clemson (10-2, 8-0) vs. No. 23 North Carolina (9-3, 6-2), 8 p.m., ABC, 80, 80
Series: Clemson leads 38-19-1; Last Meeting: Clemson 21, North Carolina 20 (2019)
ABC: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Molly McGrath (sideline)
ESPN Radio: Sean Kelley (play-by-play), Tom Ramsey (analyst), Kelsey Riggs (sideline)
- No. 9 Clemson and No. 23 North Carolina meet in the 2022 Subway ACC Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on ABC. For the 12th time in the 18-year history of the event, the ACC title game will be played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers.
- North Carolina clinched the Coastal Division with a 36-34 win at Wake Forest (Nov. 12), while Clemson earned the Atlantic Division crown on Nov. 5. This was the earliest the matchup was known since 2017 when Miami and Clemson clinched on Nov. 11.
- Including shared titles, Clemson has earned nine Atlantic Division titles – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Clemson also earned an ACC Championship Berth in a 2020 when the league competed without divisions. Clemson has won 20 ACC titles, including six in a row from 2015-2020.
- North Carolina won the Coastal Division for the second time. In 2015, the No. 8 Tar Heels earned the Coastal Division title and faced No. 1 Clemson in the championship game, falling 45-37. Carolina has won five ACC titles, but the last came in 1980.
- The 2022 Subway Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game is the final title game between division champions. A new football scheduling model will go into effect beginning with the 2023 season that eliminates divisions. 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.
- This is the 13th time in the last 14 years that the game will be held in prime time, and 12 different teams have competed in the game since it began in 2005. Last season, No. 15 Pitt, behind the play of ACC Player of the Year Kenny Pickett, captured its first ACC football title with a 46-21 victory over No. 16 Wake Forest.
- Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, has been the site of 11 of the last 12 ACC Football Championship Games. In 2018, the ACC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation reached an agreement to keep the game in Charlotte through 2030. Not including the 2020 game, which had limited attendance due to the pandemic, ACC Football Championship Games played at Bank of America Stadium have had an average attendance of nearly 70,000 fans. The ACC has the second-highest average attendance of any Power 5 conference championship game since 2010.
- Atlantic Division vs. Coastal Division Notes:
- .537 – Atlantic Division owns a .537 winning percentage over the Coastal Division all-time, the closest record between Power 5 divisions.
- Atlantic Division has won 11 of the 16 ACC Championship Games
- All seven Coastal Division teams have reached the ACC Championship Game, and four Atlantic Division schools played in the game.
- Nine ACC teams – Clemson (10-2), Duke (8-4), Florida State (9-3), Louisville (7-5), North Carolina (9-3), NC State (8-4), Pitt (8-4), Syracuse (7-5) and Wake Forest (7-5) – are bowl eligible this season. The ACC has earned at least six bowl bids in 22 consecutive seasons. Not including the pandemic-affected 2020 season, the ACC has sent at least 10 teams to a bowl every year since 2016. Since 2013, the ACC is second among all conferences with 91 postseason appearances.
- Four ACC teams are ranked in the CFP Top 25 rankings, released Tuesday, Nov. 29 – No. 9 Clemson, No. 13 Florida State, No. 23 North Carolina and No. 25 NC State.
- Alberto Riveron has been named the ACC’s new Supervisor of Football Officials. Riveron, who served as the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Officiating from 2017-20 and currently works as an NFL Rules analyst, has compiled a distinguished 30-year career as both an on-field official and an officiating administrator in the NCAA and NFL.
- North Carolina wide receiver Tylee Craft has been named the recipient of the 2022 Disney Spirit Award just eight months after nearly losing his life to lung cancer.
- In 2022, NC State place-kicker Christopher Dunn became the ACC career record-holder with 93 field goals. Dunn also has the ACC career record for points (479), surpassing Clemson running back Travis Etienne’s previous mark of 468 points.
- Clemson place-kicker B.T. Potter holds the ACC career record with 230 extra points made. Earlier this year, he moved past Clemson kicker Greg Huegel who made 218 from 2015-18.
- Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman is tied with former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (2010-13) for the ACC career record for touchdown passes with 107. Hartman and Boyd are the only two ACC players with more than 100 career touchdown passes.