Report: BYU, Stanford Cancel Four Future Football Games

Jun 22, 2022, 1:22 PM
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BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake is building up the Cougars to prepare for the Big 12 Conference beginning in 2023. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU and Stanford have reportedly agreed to cancel four future football games due to the Cougars entering the Big 12 Conference next season.

According to FBS Schedules on Twitter, BYU and Stanford will cancel football games that were scheduled for the 2025, 2026, 2028 and 2035 seasons.

The Cougars and Cardinals will still play two games in the series, including this year in Palo Alto on November 26 and BYU will host Stanford in Provo on August 30, 2031.

The two schools have already canceled a set of games in the series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were scheduled to square off in 2020 but were forced to cancel the game since the Pac-12 played five games all in-conference that season. The game in 2029 was canceled in conjunction with the 2020 matchup.

All-time, BYU and Stanford have played each other in football twice. The first time was in 2003 when the Cardinal picked up an 18-14 win at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo. They met again in Palo Alto in 2004 with Stanford beating the Cougars 37-10.

BYU will face two Pac-12 schools in their final season as an independent, traveling to Oregon on Saturday, September 17 and at Stanford on Saturday, November 26. Last season, Kalani Sitake’s team faced five Pac-12 schools and went 5-0. They beat Arizona in the season opener 24-16 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, followed by a 26-17 win over Utah at home, snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Utes.

Then they knocked off Arizona State 27-17 in Provo, before they defeated Washington State 21-19 in Pullman. Their last Pac-12 game of the 2021 season was a 35-31 road win over USC.

Stanford plays nine conference games each season, last year they faced Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame in their non-conference schedule. They lost to Kansas State and Notre Dame but defeated Vanderbilt. The Cardinal finished the 2021 season with a 3-9 record. This season, they will host Colgate and BYU and travel to Notre Dame for their three non-conference games.

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