Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



Oregon & Washington To Join Big Ten In 2024

The Big Ten just got even bigger.

Pac-12 universities Oregon and Washington announced that they will join the Big Ten beginning in 2024, following an official invitation from Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti Friday.

The official announcement comes following several days of discussions about the future of the Pac-12 and the continued expansion of the Big Ten. ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported Thursday that Big Ten presidents authorized Petitti to explore adding the two schools to the conference.

Progression toward realignment and Big Ten expansion slowed drastically Friday morning, according to The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, but a deal was ultimately brokered Friday evening.

Oregon and Washington will join soon-to-be former Pac-12 schools USC and UCLA in Big Ten realignment after both schools announced the decision last summer. With the two additions of Oregon and Washington, the Big Ten will now include 18 universities.

After Colorado’s exit to the Big 12 and Utah, Arizona State, and Arizona’s reported flips to the same conference, according to The Athletic’s Max Olson, the Pac-12’s only firmly remaining schools are Cal, Stanford, Washington State, and Oregon State. With its broadcasting contract set to expire following the 2023-24 athletic year, the Pac-12 may collapse.

As a result of USC and UCLA joining, the Big Ten adjusted its football scheduling by abandoning divisions and adopting a format beginning in 2024 that guarantees each team plays at least twice in four years. The conference also added the “flex protect plus” model, which guarantees that certain rivalries are protected and played every season.

The conference released its 2024 and 2025 opponents in June with the aforementioned changes to the schedules, but with the additions of Oregon and Washington in the same years, there will likely be some adjustments made. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported, however, that the schedules wouldn’t start “from scratch.”

Both Oregon and Washington will enter the Big Ten with a combined 1-6 record against Penn State football. The Nittany Lions are 3-0 against Washington, and they most recently faced the Huskies in a 38-25 victory at the 2017 Playstation Fiesta Bowl.

Penn State’s last matchup against Oregon, meanwhile, was at the 1995 Rose Bowl, which the Nittany Lions won 38-20. The Nittany Lions are 3-1 against the Ducks.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Nolan Wick

Nolan is a third-year journalism major from Silver Spring, Maryland. He's an avid fan of all D.C. sports teams and Liverpool F.C. If Nolan isn't writing about or watching sports, you can probably find him listening to all sorts of music or traveling. To keep up with Nolan, you can follow him on Twitter @nolan_wick or email him at [email protected].

[Photo Story] Penn State vs. Northwestern

Ryan Field was a sea of white in the Nittany Lions’ week five return to Illinois on Saturday.

Shaquille O’Neal-Owned ‘Big Chicken’ Restaurant To Open State College Location

No location or opening timeline has been released yet.

Penn State Wrestling Releases 2023-24 Schedule

The schedule is highlighted by a Monday night dual against Rutgers at the Bryce Jordan Center in February.

Follow on Another Platform