Today the BYU Cougars and Oregon Ducks announced that they scheduled a game to be played at Oregon in 2022. The exact date is set for September 10th, 2022 and will be played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
BYU and Oregon have played a total of six times since the two played their first game in 1964. The Cougars lost both games played at Oregon in '64 and '65 before earning their first win against the Ducks in 1978, once again on the road. Oregon came to Provo for the first time in 1989 and the Cougars once again walked away with the win before dropping the away game in 1990. The last time the two teams met was in the Las Vegas Bowl in 2006 as Bronco Mendenhall and his Cougars demolished the Ducks 38-8. The series has been close as the average score comes out in favor of Oregon 24 to 23.83.
The press release from the schools states:
"It’s a great opportunity to play an outstanding football team from the Pac 12," said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. "Oregon had an opening in its 2022 schedule and the circumstance was right for BYU. We hope to develop a long-term relationship with Oregon."
Outside of the fact that the Cougars are scheduling and paying quality teams, it looks like they have the big picture in mind as they try to build lasting relationships that can be utilized in future scheduling. It seems to be working during the Cougars independence era as noted by a tweet by Vanquish the Foe yesterday:
BYU has now played or scheduled every Pac-12 team in the independent era except Colorado.— Vanquish The Foe (@VanquishTheFoe) September 22, 2015
BYU now needs to make sure they win these games going forwards as they continue to make a case for being a national brand. This year has been a perfect example of how the exposure is paying off as they face more P5 teams than ever before. With recruits choosing considering, and some choosing, BYU as their home for football the future is looking brighter than ever.