Oregon, Michigan State agree to play home-and-home series in 2014-15

By Chip Patterson | College Writer


Oregon
and Michigan State have gotten an early jump on the growing Pac-12 - Big Ten relationship, agreeing to a home-and-home series scheduled to take place in 2014 and 2015.

The Register Guard, citing multiple sources, first reportedthe agreement between the schools, which was confirmed by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis. As part of the deal, Michigan State will travel to Autzen Stadium in 2014 and Oregon will make a return visit to Spartan Stadium the following year.

In December the Pac-12 and Big Ten announced a scheduling agreement for all sports, beginning for football in 2017. As part of the agreement, all 12 teams in each league will play one team from the other as part of their nonconference schedule. The reported series gives both Oregon and Michigan State at least two prominent matchups on the nonconference schedule while the schools await for the official partnership to begin in 2017.

"This will add a tough, high-quality opponent," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said of the partnership in December. "Certainly, it creates a tougher path (to the national championship game). But the benefits, we think, outweigh the fact it's far more challenging."

Rob Moseley, of The Register-Guard, pointed out that the Ducks have struggled to keep big-time nonconference home-and-home series' on the schedule. In 2012, Oregon will face Arkansas State, Fresno State, and Tennessee Tech before kicking of Pac-12 play Step. 22 against Arizona.

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