Oregon State and Washington State have been set adrift together this year, as their Pac-12 conference-mates have all preemptively defected to the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12.

However, the Beavers and Cougars have made the most of their sticky situation. First, both teams started 3–0 and cracked the Top 25 ahead of their meeting Saturday. Then, on Thursday, the two schools’ leaders unveiled a joint Zoom background with both institutions’ logos.

The background seemingly nodded to Oregon State and Washington State’s shared predicament as agricultural institutions left behind by their more moneyed, cosmopolitan rivals. More than that, however, it generated a warm, good-humored reception from college football fans battered by three straight realignment-centric summers.

The Sickos Committee, college football’s favorite humor account, applauded the so-called “Pac-2.”

Some poked fun at the amusing juxtaposition of the schools’ logos.

The ill-fated past alliance between the ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 was name-checked.

Observers floated potential modifications to reference the Beavers and Cougars’ lawsuit against the conference.

Oregon State and Washington State fans defended the arrangement, shading their peers in the process.

The moral of the story: wherever the Beavers and Cougars end up, they’ll have no shortage of fans across the country to cheer them in their next adventure.