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Oregon State, Washington State, Mountain West agree to 6-game football scheduling arrangement

Dec 1, 2023, 10:05 AM | Updated: 10:16 am

FILE - Oregon State's Ryan Cooper Jr. (23) attempts to strip the ball from Washington State's De'Zh...

FILE - Oregon State's Ryan Cooper Jr. (23) attempts to strip the ball from Washington State's De'Zhaun Stribling (88) while Oregon State's Omar Speights (1) assists on the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State and Washington State are the last remaining members of the Pac-12 after this season and they have been fielding calls from the likes of the Mountain West and American Athletic conferences eager to discuss options. (AP Photo/Mark Ylen, File)
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(AP Photo/Mark Ylen, File)

Oregon State, Washington State and the Mountain West announced a football scheduling agreement Friday for the 2024 season that gives the two Pac-12 schools six opponents each and keeps open the possibility that they will operate as a two-team conference for at least a year.

All 12 Mountain West schools will be involved and Oregon State and Washington State will each play three home games and three road games against members of a conference that includes: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Wyoming, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, San Jose State, Utah State, Fresno State and New Mexico.

The Mountain West will play a seven-game conference schedule and the games against Oregon State and Washington State will not count against the conference standings.

Oregon State and Washington State are trying to plot a path forward after the Pac-12 was torn apart by conference realignment. Ten Pac-12 schools are joining new Power Five leagues in 2024.

Oregon State and Washington State are hoping to keep the Pac-12 alive. NCAA rules allow for a conference to be as small as two schools for a two-year period.

The Pacific Northwest schools are currently in a legal battle with the Pac-12 and the 10 departing schools to determine who runs the conference and has control over potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of assets.

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Oregon State, Washington State, Mountain West agree to 6-game football scheduling arrangement