Fresno State will host Washington State next season as part of the Mountain West’s football scheduling agreement with the two remaining members of the Pac-12.
Washington State takes the place of San Diego State on the schedule as the Aztecs were initially on tap to visit Valley Children’s Stadium in 2024.
The backstory: With Washington State and Oregon State the lone remaining teams in the Pac-12, they struck a deal with the Mountain West a couple weeks ago for the 2024 season while they figure out their long-term futures.
- Per the deal, all 12 Mountain West teams will play seven conference games next year, instead of eight, and will play either Washington State or Oregon State.
- The Cougars and Beavers will not be eligible for the Mountain West Championship game, and the games against those two schools will not count toward the conference standings.
Fresno State’s schedule: The Mountain West announced Thursday that Fresno State will host Washington State as one of the four home games scheduled through the conference.
- In addition to the Cougars, the Bulldogs will host Colorado State, Hawaii and San Jose State, while traveling to Air Force, Nevada, New Mexico and UNLV.
- Before the Mountain West slate starts, Fresno State will open the season at Michigan – the current No. 1 team in the nation – on Aug. 31. The Bulldogs will then return home to host Sacramento State on Sep. 7 and New Mexico State on Sep. 21. Fresno State will wrap up its nonconference schedule at the Rose Bowl against UCLA on Nov. 30.