In an interesting development, Oregon State and Washington State are collaborating with the Mountain West Conference to finalize their football scheduling for 2024. According to a report from Ross Dellenger of Yahoo! Sports, the two schools are aiming for a “7+1” format, where Mountain West teams will play seven conference games instead of eight, plus one game against either Washington State or Oregon State. There is also talk of extending the deal to the 2025 season.
Under this arrangement, the two Pac-12 members will not be eligible for the MWC championship and will compete as quasi-independents under the Pac-12 banner. Additionally, those Mountain West schools with previously scheduled non-conference games against one of the two schools will also play the other during the same season.
The details of how this will all work together in 2024 remain to be seen, with many moving parts and unknowns. For football enthusiasts, the unfolding of this unique collaboration will undoubtedly be fascinating.
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