The Conference of Champions passed a rule that requires teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl.
That would eliminate 5-7 teams from going to a bowl when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.
The Pac-12 presidents approved the proposal and there is no word if USC president Max Nikias voted.
This is a double-edged sword: It is a little suspect to let a 5-7 team play in a bowl but . . . this means the Pac-12 is depriving a team of valuable bowl practices. And it takes away national airtime from a Pac-12 school. Some schools probably liked the proposal because it means they don’t have to pay a bowl bonus to a coach who goes 5-7.
Ask yourself this question: Would the SEC do this?
That’s the gold standard of conferences after all and they always put football first. I bet the SEC will be happy to fill any spots the Pac-12 gives away.