Golden Nuggets: Will UCLA's Postseason Games Do Any Favors for the Pac-12's Image?

While this has been an unusually eventful week for the Pac-12, things are pretty calm in Bear Territory. With a shortage of interesting news about the Bears, today we will take a look at a broader, conference-wide issue. UCLA is headed to the Pac-12 Championship game and a bowl game following the inevitable loss to Oregon. Are these matchups doing anything to help the perception of the Pac-12? Jon Wilner doubts it.

Action: UCLA represents the South in the Pac-12 title game.

Reaction I: Two words: Unmitigated disaster.
Reaction II: With USC ineligible, the conference was surely braced for an unpalatable matchup in the inaugural title game. But not even in his worst nightmare could commissioner Larry Scott have envisioned a scenario in which the South rep was the runner up that finished 6-6, lost its final game 50-0 and fired its coach. It’s the first thing that has gone wrong for the conference after a series of blockbuster successes. But I don’t see how even Scott can spin gold out of this one.
Reaction III: And it all came about when Utah suffered one of the worst losses of the season, at home to a Colorado team that hadn’t won a road game since Jon Embree was a player (or so it seemed).

Action: UCLA files a waiver seeking bowl eligibility if it loses to Oregon.
Reaction I: A loss in Eugene would leave the Bruins 6-7 and, technically, ineligible for the postseason. Of course, they’d have been far better off not making the title game, because a 6-6 mark would be enough to go bowling. And if that’s, in fact, their reasoning for filing the waiver — don’t blame us! it’s all USC’s fault! — then we’ll assume the Bruins will turn down a Rose Bowl berth if they upset the Ducks … because, you know, they shouldn’t have been in the title game in the first place. (Yeah, right! They want it both ways.)
Reaction II: I’m sure the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco is desperate for the NCAA to approve the Bruins’ request for a waiver, because otherwise the bowl wouldn’t have a Pac-12 team. But UCLA would be taking a postseason spot from a team that finished 6-6, so we’ll see.

After the jump Cal might be headed to the Holiday Bowl and ESPNLA looks back fondly on the Karl Dorrell Era.

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