Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Ed.
Based on the attached link to the NCAA's Postseason handbook (PDF), I think UCLA goes to a bowl no matter what happens tomorrow and next Friday. Check out page 18, “Selection Scenarios,” number 2, which states:
“A conference team that is 6-6 and plays in a conference championship game and loses to finish with a record of 6-7 may apply for a waiver to allow that team to be considered for a postseason bowl. Conditions that will be considered in such a waiver include whether or not all other conference teams under consideration have 6-6 records and there are not a sufficient number of eligible teams to meet the conference’s bowl commitments.”
The Pac 12 has 7 bowl tie ins. Seven bowl eligible teams. WSU, OSU, Zona, Colorado, and U$C* cannot get bowl eligible. So I would think that they would let UCLA go before choosing a non-Pac 12 team instead of UCLA. It is not absolute though, because the rule says that this scenario is a “condition that will be considered.” It doesn't talk about what other conditions will be considered but the inclusion of this one leads me to believe that it would be the primary consideration. Plus, no Pac 12 bowl game would prefer, say, a 6-6 Ball State team, a 6-6 Eastern Michigan team, or another similarly situated 6-6 team to the Bruins, simply because economics would seem to dictate that the game would generate more revenue with UCLA in it.
That having been said, and notwithstanding the effect it will have on potential changes on the coaching staff and the Morgan Center, I will screaming at the TV for the Bruins to destroy Troy tomorrow night and for them to knock off whomever they play next Friday.
GO BRUINS!!!!! Beat teh Trogans!!