BYU loses three more games, and Utah State two with Pac-12’s move to conference-only schedule

(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Cougars defensive lineman Corbin Kaufusi (90) blocks a field goal attempt by Utah State Aggies place kicker Dominik Eberle (62) during the game at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium Friday, September 29, 2017.

BYU football was already down two games after the Big Ten announced Thursday it would go to a conference-only format. The Pac-12 following suit late Friday afternoon only made things worse.

With the Pac-12 announcing it would go conference-only this fall, that means the Cougars’ scheduled games at Utah (Sept. 3), at Arizona State (Sept. 19) and at Stanford (Nov. 28) are canceled. BYU lost a home game vs. Michigan State (Sept. 12) and a trip to Minnesota (Sept. 26) on Thursday.

For now, BYU’s schedule stands at seven games, beginning Sept. 26 at Utah State, but with the Big Ten and Pac-12 having already acted, more conference dominoes are likely to fall.

Utah State had a bad Friday, too. With the Pac-12 cancelling non-conference games, a trip to Washington on Sept. 19, complete with a $1.5 million guarantee check, is off, as is the Aggies’ Sept. 5 opener vs. Washington State in Logan. The Wazzu game was the front end of a home-and-home agreement announced in 2016. Utah State is scheduled to travel to Pullman in 2021.