Oregon will close out its season in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

After losing to Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game last Friday, the 11-2 Ducks dropped to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings and were handed a date with No. 23 Liberty (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl. The game will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 1 (10 a.m. PT, ESPN).

The bowl game will serve as the first-ever meeting between Oregon and Liberty. The Flames are making their fifth consecutive bowl game appearance. They won each of their first three.

Liberty is in its first season under coach Jamey Chadwell. The Flames’ out-of-conference schedule included wins over Bowling Green (34-24), Buffalo (55-27), Old Dominion (38-10), and UMass (49-25).

Oregon is 16-20 all-time in bowl games. It has played in the Fiesta Bowl three other times — a win over Colorado to end the 2001 season, a win over Kansas State to end the 2012 season, and a loss to Iowa State to end the 2020 season.

Opt-outs now become a real talking point. Oregon has NFL talent up and down the roster. After being one step away from the College Football Playoff, will a bowl game against a Group of Five team be viewed as a disappointment?

Quarterback Bo Nix said Friday night he hadn’t yet made up his mind on playing in the bowl game. Others surely face similar decisions.