Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced a Pac-12 challenge series that will feature three nonconference games against a rival league at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’s a five-year series that’ll rotate conferences and Pac-12 teams each year.
“This is exciting,” Scott said. “No other conference has really done something like this. That makes it a creative approach. It’ll stay fresh. Every year we are playing against a new conference. Different teams cycling through.
“Las Vegas is our anchor, but we’ll be playing in some of the other world-class venues around the country, giving us that geographic exposure, and I think it’s just a great solution for the Pac-12.”
Next year the Pac-12 will face off against Big 12 in December. Washington plays Oklahoma, Colorado takes on Texas Christian and Oregon goes against an opponent that will be announced at a later date.
Each team will participate in nonconference games in 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Arizona, Arizona State and USC will play in the Pac-12 challenge series in 2021 in Las Vegas, with anticipated return games in New York City in 2022 against to-be-announced opponents.
The Pac-12 challenge series will continue into 2023 with an anticipated finish at an OVG Arena Alliance venue in 2024.