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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Rutgers adds series against Washington

By Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten/Pac-12 scheduling alliance might be dead, but the leagues will match up a lot in the coming years thanks to agreements between individual schools.

New Big Ten member Rutgers added another Pac-12 opponent to its future on Thursday, announcing a home-and-home series against Washington. The Scarlet Knights will visit Washington in 2016 (Sept. 3) and host the Huskies in 2017 (Sept. 2). Rutgers also announced it has moved back its series with UCLA from 2016-17 to 2020-21 so it can have seven home games in 2016 and 2017.

Rutgers will open three of the next four seasons against Pac-12 foes, as it faces Washington State in Seattle on Aug. 30 of this year. The Knights will have two Seattle openers in the next three years (2014, 2016) and will open the 2020 season at the Rose Bowl against UCLA. Other future series include Kansas (2015 and 2018) and Miami (2018-19).

Many of us were bummed out when the Big Ten/Pac-12 alliance went kaput, but it's good to see the leagues linking up both in the regular season and in the postseason. Other upcoming series include Michigan State-Oregon, Nebraska-Oregon, Northwestern-Stanford and Wisconsin-Washington. Michigan is playing two Pac-12 programs (Utah and Oregon State) in 2015 and another (Colorado) in 2016.