Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco likely out for WKU

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco likely out for WKU

Brad Stephens

Any WKU hopes of playing a bowl game in San Francisco might have come to an end on Wednesday.

UCLA was granted a waiver by the NCAA on Wednesday that allows the Bruins to play a bowl game, even if they lose to Oregon in the Pacific-12 Conference Championship game on Friday night.

A UCLA loss would give the team a 6-7 record, which would usually make a team bowl ineligible.

The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12 South Division and had a 6-6 overall record for the regular season. 

But UCLA will represent the division in the Pac-12 Championship because first-place Southern California is ineligible due to NCAA sanctions.

If the Bruins, who are currently 31.5-point underdogs, upset Oregon on Friday, they will receive the Pac-12’s automatic berth in the Rose Bowl.

But if UCLA loses, they will likely be destined for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, played Dec. 31 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

That would take away the possibility of WKU filling the Pac-12’s slot in the game.

The Toppers are currently in the running for at-large berths in the BBVA Compass Bowl (Jan. 7, Birmingham, Ala.), Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 17, Albuquerque, N.M.), Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (Dec. 20, St. Petersburg, Fla.) and others.