The Pac-12 and Big Ten jointly announced a comprehensive scheduling agreement that will link the two conferences in several sports beginning as early as next season, Pete Thamel of the New York Times reports.
Beginning in 2017, each team from the Pac-12 and Big Ten, who have been Rose Bowl partners since 1947, will play a team from the other league in football. Men's and women's basketball teams will begin playing one another at the start of next season.
The scheduling partnership will also help broaden and strengthen the programming on the Big Ten Network and the Pac-12 Network, which will be launched next August, without having to expand over their current 12-team configurations.
"To me this is a creative and inventive approach through collaboration to achieve some of the same objectives that expansion can help you with," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "It gives our conference more of a national platform, more play on the Big Ten Network and higher quality programming on our network without having to expand."