UCLA will be playing in a bowl game. The NCAA approved a waiver for the school if the Bruins lose to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game.
A loss would drop UCLA to 6-7 on the season and teams with a losing record are not typically eligible for selection.
A release by the school did not specify why the NCAA granted the waiver. The Bruins are only playing in the Pac-12 title game because USC is ineligible due to NCAA sanctions.
"As a program, we appreciate the NCAA approving our petition for a bowl waiver," UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. "We will be able to give our 18 seniors one more chance to represent their university and end their collegiate careers on a high note, regardless of the outcome of this Friday's Pac-12 Championship Game. We'd like to thank the NCAA for considering the unique situation in which we find ourselves this year and rewarding us with this opportunity."
Rick Neuheisel will not coach UCLA in its bowl game. Neuheisel was fired Monday and will lead the team against Oregon before stepping aside for interim coach Mike Johnson.