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Pac-12 Conference Won’t Let Teams with Fewer than 6 Wins to Go to a Bowl Game

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The Pac-12 presidents have decided that teams who do not win at least 6 games will not be allowed to play in a bowl game.

NCAA Football: Pac-12 Media Day Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Go Bruins!!!