According to a report from the Associated Press, the Pac-12 presidents have passed a rule forbidding teams with fewer than 6 regular season wins from accepting a bowl bid.
In 2015, the NCAA started allowing 5-7 teams with the best Academic Progress Ratings to accept bowl bids if there were not enough 6-win teams to fill all the bowl slots.
While this hasn’t been an issue in the past for the Pac-12, UCLA did play — and lose — to a 5-7 Nebraska team in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl.
In 2011, Rick Neuheisel’s final season, UCLA finished the regular season with a 6-7 record and had to petition the NCAA for permission to play in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl because, after the Pac-12 Championship Game, the team did not have a .500 or better record.
Last season, the Pac-12 had contracted for bowl spots with seven bowls and plans to do the same again this coming season.