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No. 8 Oregon faces No. 18 Liberty in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day as the Pac-12 runner-up squares off with the highest-ranked Group of Five team from the 2023 season to help ring in 2024. The two teams are meeting for the first time in a game that features two of the country's most entertaining offenses. 

Oregon finds itself back in the New Year's Six for the first time since 2020, which was also a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon flirted with a College Football Playoff berth after winning 11 games in the regular season, but the Ducks were undone by a pair of losses to undefeated Washington -- first on the road in October and then again in the Pac-12 Championship Game. 

Liberty enters the Fiesta Bowl seeking what would unquestionably rank as the biggest win in program history. The Flames are in their first New Year's Six game in just their sixth season competing at the FBS level. The Conference USA newcomer Flames went a perfect 13-0 en route to a league championship in their first season under coach Jamey Chadwell, and a victory over a top-10 Oregon team would mark a program-defining milestone. 

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How to watch Fiesta Bowl live

Date: Monday, Jan. 1 | Time: 1 p.m. ET 
Location: State Farm Stadium -- Glendale, Arizona
TV: ESPN | Live stream: Fubo (Try for free)
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Oregon vs. Liberty: Need to know

QBs take center stage: Monday will be the final stanza of Oregon quarterback Bo Nix's lengthy collegiate tenure. His career has spanned five seasons between stops with Auburn (2019-21) and with the Ducks (2022-23). Nix enters the Fiesta Bowl needing just 11 passing yards to topple the 15,000-yard mark for his career, a feat only six other quarterbacks have accomplished before him. Liberty's offense is also headlined by a dual-threat SEC transfer in Kaidon Salter. Salter started at Tennessee in 2021 before joining the Flames. He enters the Fiesta Bowl riding a breakout season. The Conference USA MVP threw for 2,750 yards and 31 touchdowns on top of 1,064 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. 

Liberty's biggest test: Liberty may be undefeated, but the Flames are roughly two-touchdown underdogs for a reason. According to ESPN, the Flames' regular season schedule ranked 133rd -- dead last -- among all FBS teams, with no ranked or Power Five opponents to show. The Fiesta Bowl matchup with Oregon will be the first time Liberty has faced a ranked opponent since suffering a one-point loss at Wake Forest in the opening weeks of the 2022 season. The Flames did win their most recent matchup against a Power Five school, prevailing on the road against Arkansas last November. 

Coaches on the rise: Between This game features two of the college football's brightest young coaches in Oregon's Dan Lanning and Liberty's Jamey Chadwell. Lanning, who had no previous head coaching experience before taking the Oregon job in 2022, has guided the Ducks to 21 wins as his second season at the helm wraps up. Chadwell, whose only previous FBS job was at Coastal Carolina (2017-22), has compiled 44 wins over the past four seasons. If the Flames pull the upset in the desert, Chadwell's name will likely be linked to Power Five vacancies once again when the next hiring cycle rolls around. 

Fiesta Bowl prediction, picks

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The Fiesta Bowl has a knack for producing frantic finishes and memorable upsets. Nobody will ever forget Boise State's epic overtime triumph against Oklahoma back in January 2007. Just last year TCU stunned Michigan when the game was a CFP semifinal. To say the least, Liberty will have its work cut out to join that list in Fiesta Bowl lore. The Flames and Ducks both know how to put up points in a hurry -- both teams boast top-five scoring offenses in the FBS -- but the level of competition they've encountered to this point isn't comparable. The Pac-12 was arguably the nation's deepest league in its last year of existence as we know it, while Conference USA was anything but that. Liberty will play an emotional game and may display some fireworks early, but the talent gap will eventually show itself. It's the Ducks' game to lose. Pick: Oregon -17

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