You’ve finally seen ABC’s “Modern Family,” right? Hilarity ensues weekly. It’s funny, ’cause it’s true.
The ESPN version debuts this week. It could get wackier than seeing the former Al Bundy as the leader of a disfunctional unit of people.
ESPN’s Thursday night telecast features Virginia Tech at East Carolina. The later team is coached by Skip Holtz. For some reason, ESPN sends his dad, Lou Holtz, as a commentator with Rece Davis and Mark May. It’s the first time dad has called a game involving his son. Maybe Shelley Long will make an appareance as the crazy ex-wife.
Skip it, or risk not hearing something crazier than a Thanksgiving after-dinner discussion on health care?
Even more family matters: Taco man Bob Griese is back, and his son, Brian, has two games (starting tonight). And as for the rest of the week’s highlights:
The Bruins are wearing throw-back jerseys, to 1967. There’s a joke in there someone who has more creativity than us at this point. Something like:
== They wore facemasks back then, right?
== Yes, many parents of the UCLA players weren’t even alive in ’67 … or they were stoned.
== Does Gary Beban have any eligibility left?
== Why can’t UCLA stick with those unis? They are pretty dang sweet.
== Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 570-AM: Washington at UCLA (with Bill Macdonald, James Washington, Brooke Olzendam and Courtney Jones).
== Saturday, 5 p.m., Channel 7, 710-AM: No. 12 USC at Arizona State (with Mike Patrick, Craig James and Heather Cox)
== 4 p.m., ESPN2: Bowling Green at Buffalo (with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPN: No. 23 Virginia Tech at East Carolina (with Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May and Todd Harris)
== 4:30 p.m., ESPNU: Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois (with Charlie Neal and Jay Walker)
== 5 p.m., ESPN2: No. 7 Boise State at Louisiana Tech (with Dave Lamont and Rod Gilmore)
== 7 to 9 a.m., ESPN: “College GameDay” goes to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Army later plays Air Force. It’s part of the network’s “America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans.” With Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
== 9 a.m., FSN West: Central Florida at No. 2 Texas (with Bill Land, Gary Reasons and Emily Jones)
== 9 a.m., ESPN: Northwestern at No. 4 Iowa (with Dave Pasch, Bob Griese and Chris Spielman)
== 9 a.m., ESPNU: Syracuse at No. 13 Pittsburgh (with Clay Matvick and David Diaz-Infante)
== 9 a.m., Big Ten Network: Purdue at Michigan (with Craig Coshun, Glen Mason and Mike Hall); also available: Illinois at Minnesota, Western Michigan at Michigan State and Wisconsin at Indiana.
== 9 a.m., Versus: Kansas at Kansas State (with Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson)
== 11 a.m., The mtn.: BYU at Wyoming (with James Bates, Todd Christensen and Andrea Lloyd)
== 11:30 a.m., Channel 4: Navy at No. 22 Notre Dame (with Tom Hammond, Pat Haden and not O.J. Simpson)
== 12:30 p.m., FSN West: No. 8 Oregon at Stanford (with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and some other guy on the sidelines … no wait, someone named Rebecca Haarlow)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: No. 9 LSU at No. 3 Alabama (with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson)
== 12:30 p.m., Channel 7: No. 16 Ohio State at No. 11 Penn State (with Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Holly Rowe)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPN2: Either Wake Forest at No. 10 Georgia Tech (with Pam Ward and Ray Bentley) or No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State (with Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese)
== 12:30 p.m., ESPNU: Duke at North Carolina (with Todd Harris and Charles Arbuckle)
== 12:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: Army at Air Force (with Dave Ryan and Jason Sehorn)
== 3 p.m., The mtn.: New Mexico at No. 14 Utah (with Dan Gutowsky, Blaine Fowler and Sammy Linebaugh)
== 4 p.m., FSN West: Oregon State at No. 20 Cal (with Steve Physioc, Mike Pawlawski and Drea Avent)
== 4 p.m., Versus: No. 6 TCU at San Diego State (with Tim Neverett, Glenn Parker and Lindsay Soto)
== 4 p.m., ESPNU: Memphis at Tennessee (with Eric Collins and Brock Huard)
== 4:15 p.m., ESPN2: Vanderbilt at No. 1 Florida (with Mark Jones and Bob Davie)
== 4:30 p.m., CBS College Sports: No. 15 Houston at Tulsa (with Tom Hart and Aaron Taylor)
== 4:45 p.m., ESPN: Florida State at Clemson (with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Erin Andrews)
== 5 p.m., ESPN360.com, ESPN PPV: Connecticut at No. 5 Cincinnati (with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Lisa Salters)
== 5 p.m., ESPN360.com, ESPN PPV: No. 24 Oklahoma at Nebraska (with Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham)
== 7 p.m., The mtn.: Colorado State at UNLV (with Bill Doleman, Robert Griffith and Molly Sullivan)
== 7 p.m, ESPNU: Fresno State at Idaho (with Charlie Neal and JC Pearson)
== ESPN, 5 p.m.: Nevada at San Jose State (with Terry Gannon and David Norrie)
ESPNU will also have several hours of programming in honor of Veterans Day, beginning Thursday at 3:30 p.m., that includes how students from Arizona State keep the legacy of Pat Tillman alive on campus, students from the University of South Carolina catch up with long snapper Matt Grooms, who did two tours in Iraq, and other interviews with players from each of the U.S. Military Service Academies.