Oregon State signs contract with BYU

The Oregon State Beavers announced Thursday that it has scheduled the Chicago Bears to a home-and-home series.

The 1985 Chicago Bears.

No, not really, but the Beavers continue to be the most aggressive schedulers in the nation.

The school announced that it will play BYU in a home-and-home series in 2011 and 2012.

The first game will be in Corvallis on Sept. 3, 2011. The second will be in Provo, Utah on Sept. 1, 2012.

Oregon State's nonconference schedule in 2012: at BYU, Wisconsin and Boise State.

The Beavers slate in 2011: BYU, at Wisconsin, at Hawaii. They also are looking for a 13th game -- either Sept. 17 or Nov. 19 -- because of the NCAA’s exemption rule that allows a team to play an additional contest over the 12 dates when traveling to Hawaii.

Texas? Maybe Alabama?

The 2011 meeting will be the tenth between the two programs in a series that dates back to 1955. Oregon State has won five of the previous nine meetings but lost to the Cougars in last December’s MAACO Bowl Las Vegas 44-20. The Beavers and BYU played six previous times in Corvallis, with the Beavers victorious four times, including a 24-19 upset win over the then No. 20 Cougars in 1977.

“I have great admiration for the BYU program and what Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall and the Cougars have accomplished,” coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “I think both teams enjoyed being around each other at the Vegas Bowl last December and I know our team will look forward to these games in the future.”

There are plenty of staff connections. Mendenhall was a starting safety and two-year letterman (1986-87) at Oregon State under then head coach Dave Kragthorpe. He later served as a graduate assistant coach at OSU (1989-90) and returned to the Beaver sideline as the defensive line coach (1995) and defensive coordinator (1996). In addition, BYU offensive line coach Mark Weber held the same position at OSU (1987-90).

Oregon State's nonconference slate this fall: vs. TCU in Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 4; vs. Louisville on Sept. 18; at Boise State Sept. 25.

One word: ouch.