The Utah Utes will host the Baylor Bears in a non-conference contest throughout the 2024 soccer season, each faculties confirmed on Wednesday.
Utah and Baylor initially scheduled a non-conference home-and-home soccer sequence again in 2015. The primary sport of the sequence was performed earlier this season at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, on Sept. 9, 2023. The Utes defeated the Bears in that contest, 20-13.
The second and ultimate sport of the sequence is scheduled to be performed at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake Metropolis on Sept. 14, 2024. Nonetheless, with Utah becoming a member of Baylor within the Large 12 Convention subsequent season, the standing of that contest was in query.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Large 12 introduced its convention scheduling matrix for the 2024 by way of 2027 seasons. Along side that announcement, each Utah and Baylor confirmed that their non-conference contest in 2024 will stay as scheduled as a substitute of changing into a Large 12 sport or being canceled altogether.
Under are the statements from every faculty:
“Utah’s scheduled sport towards Baylor on Sept. 14, 2024 in Rice-Eccles Stadium will stay a non-conference sport for subsequent season.”
“Baylor can even play three non-conference video games, internet hosting Tarleton State on Aug. 31 and Air Pressure on Sept. 7, earlier than hitting the highway to face Utah in a non-league sport on Sept. 14 in Salt Lake Metropolis.”
This isn’t the primary time that two league members have met on the gridiron in a non-conference contest. North Carolina and Wake Forest did so in a pair of matchups in 2019 and 2021 since they weren’t scheduled to play in convention motion these seasons.
For Utah and Baylor, protecting the 2024 contest in Salt Lake Metropolis permits each faculties to maintain their contractual obligations as a substitute of forcing a cancellation which may end in a monetary penalty.
One other future Large 12 vs. Large 12 matchup can even stay intact as a non-conference matchup, based on Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor in September. Following Arizona’s announcement that they had been becoming a member of the Large 12, Taylor said that Okay-State and Arizona will play their non-conference sequence as scheduled in 2024 and 2025.