Why Do You Build Me Up?

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 3: A sideline official wears a vest with the logo for the Pac 12 conference during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 19-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Just to let me down.

"We are disappointed to announce today that the Big Ten Pac-12 strategic collaboration announced jointly in December 2011 unfortunately will not be consummated. We recently learned from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott that the complications associated with coordinating a non-conference football schedule for 24 teams across two conferences proved to be too difficult. Those complications, among other things, included the Pac-12's nine-game conference schedule and previous non-conference commitments." - Jim Delaney

The MSU/Oregon games in 2014/2015 were not part of this agreement, which was scheduled to start in 2017 across all sports. So I would imagine they're still on. I have put in a request for confirmation from MSU.

Update: MSU confirmed the games are still scheduled and were not part of the conference agreement.

Adam Rittenberg at ESPN.com reports that at least four Pac-12 schools didn't like the mandatory scheduling, along with their nine-game conference schedule. The Pac-12 jumped the gun and got a little too excited without making sure everyone was all-in. You have to save some room for games against WAC and MAC schools, you know? I do wonder if this means the Big Ten will look at a nine-game conference schedule again.

So while the "Really wanted to see Minnesota/Washington State" jokes come out, this appeared to be conferences finally stepping up for the fans. In the end, it's just another letdown.

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