Pac-12 teams landing spots: Where Oregon, Washington, other football programs will play in 2024

The landscape of college football is ever-changing, but the end of the 2023 season also marks the end of a century-old pillar of the sport.

The Pac-12 plays its final conference game as a power conference on Friday, when Oregon faces Washington in the conference’s championship game. Eight Pac-12 teams will still play in bowl games and one is expected to reach the College Football Playoff, but this will be the final intraconference game for the decades-old league.

The teams that make up the Pac-12 aren’t disappearing. Their football programs will continue on — some in more favorable situations than others. Ten of the conference’s 12 programs, however, already know where they are headed next season.

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Here’s what you need to know about which conferences the Pac-12’s teams will call home in 2024 and beyond.

Pac-12 landing spots in 2024

  • Oregon: Big Ten
  • UCLA: Big Ten
  • USC: Big Ten
  • Washington: Big Ten
  • Arizona: Big 12
  • Arizona State: Big 12
  • Colorado: Big 12
  • Utah: Big 12
  • California: ACC
  • Stanford: ACC
  • Oregon State: Pac-12
  • Washington State: Pac-12

Pac-12 teams moving to Big Ten

USC and UCLA announced in June 2022 that they were leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, becoming the first two programs to leave the conference in this realignment period. 

In August 2023, Oregon and Washington also reached deals to join the Big Ten, expanding the conference to 18 teams with four west coast schools coming aboard.

The Big Ten will operate without divisions in 2024 and beyond, so the four new members will have rotating schedules with protected rivalries. For example, while the rest of the Big Ten schedule will rotate for Oregon, the Ducks will face Washington annually. The same is true for the rivalry between USC and UCLA. Washington will also continue to play Washington State in an an annual out-of-conference rivalry.

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Pac-12 teams moving to Big 12

Colorado became the first Pac-12 team to join the Big 12 this past summer, and Utah, Arizona and Arizona State followed suit when it became apparent the Pac-12’s future was in doubt. 

The Big 12’s own future was uncertain after Texas and Oklahoma announced their intention to leave for the SEC in 2021, but the conference has responded by adding eight schools. Houston, UCF, BYU and Cincinnati joined the Big 12 this year, with the Cougars giving the conference some more basketball prowess, and the arrivals of the four former Pac-12 members will bring the league up to 18 members even with Texas and Oklahoma gone.

After strong years by Arizona and Utah plus the allure of Deion Sanders’ Buffaloes program, the Big 12 could be the nation’s most intriguing football conference in 2024.

Pac-12 teams moving to ACC

With only four teams remaining in the Pac-12, California and Stanford jumped ship in September with agreements to join the ACC along with SMU.

As the ACC faced its own questions about whether Florida State and Clemson can wiggle out of agreements and eventually find their way to a new conference, the league took on two Pac-12 programs with strong academics and impressive track records in other sports but less-than-inspiring results on the football field over the last few seasons.

With the rest of the ACC’s schools closer to the east coast, Stanford and California — along with SMU — will make for some unique matchups in ACC play in the years ahead.

Where will Oregon State and Washington State play in 2024?

As of now, Oregon State and Washington State are planning to operate as members of the Pac-12 — or “Pac-2” — in 2024. NCAA bylaws require a conference to have at least eight members, but the rules offer a two-year grace period which the conference plans to use to explore its options.

So, who will Oregon State and Washington State play next season? For one, each other, but some of the remaining games could be filled in as part of a schedule merger between the Pac-12 and the Mountain West Conference, according to Yahoo Sports.

While some have wondered whether Oregon State and Washington State might ultimately merge with the Mountain West, which is the most prominent remaining west coast conference, any agreement for 2024 is expected to simply be a schedule deal rather than a formal merger. 

The Beavers and Cougars remain without a long-term solution as this season ends, and there are no indications any of the four power conferences have interest in adding them to the mix.

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Why is the Pac-12 ending?

The Pac-12 as we know it is dead. While Oregon State and Washington State press on, the conference has otherwise dissolved after 108 years and a few name changes. 

Several factors contributed to the demise of the Pac-12, but television deals are at the heart of the issue. While other power conferences have inked massive TV deals in recent years, including major agreements for both the Big Ten and Big 12 in 2022, the Pac-12’s negotiations floundered.

The conference negotiated with a handful of networks and services, including nontraditional outlets such as Apple TV, but no deal was ever struck. The Pac-12 was still trying to land a deal when Oregon and Washington left in August, effectively delivering a death blow to the conference.

Why was no network willing to meet the Pac-12’s demands? It’s impossible to exactly dictate why, but the conference’s brand was suffering in the years leading up to 2023. On the football field, the Pac-12 struggled to compete with the nation’s top conferences and was shut out of the College Football Playoff each season from 2017-22.

Many of the conference’s games are broadcast on the Pac-12 Network, which a handful of providers don’t offer, and the leadership of ex-commissioner Larry Scott and current commissioner George Kliavkoff didn’t offer much hope for a revival.

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Ironically, the Pac-12 has experienced a bit of a football revival in 2023. Washington and Oregon went a combined 23-1 in the regular season, with the only loss coming as a result of a game between the two schools, and the conference also boasted national names in USC QB Caleb Williams and Colorado coach Deion Sanders. Even Arizona and Oregon State enjoyed successful seasons, with the Wildcats surging to nine wins after spending several years as an afterthought.

The Pac-12 couldn’t embrace the fun, however, without knowing it will all come to an end after this season.

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