The Oregon Ducks will play in the Freedom Bowl Dec. 29 in Anaheim, Calif., probably against the No. 2 team from the Western Athletic Conference, currently Colorado State, The Oregonian reported.
Oregon, 7-2, and ranked 20th in the country, was offered an unofficial invitation Monday afternoon by the Freedom Bowl selection committee, the newspaper reported.Oregon Athletic Director Bill Byrne, whose preference had been the Freedom Bowl, said Monday the Ducks would accept the invitation.
NCAA rules prevent bowl bids from being offered or accepted before Nov. 24, but the edict is largely ignored and deals are cut weeks in advance.
The Pacific 10 Conference pooled its resources Sunday in an attempt to get four more teams into bowls along with Rose Bowl-bound Washington.
With Oregon going to the Freedom Bowl, the rest of the Pac-10 lineup fell into place with Arizona (6-3), Southern California (6-2-1) and Cal (5-3-1) also getting early bids.
Arizona is headed for the Dec. 25 Aloha Bowl; USC is going to the Dec. 31 John Hancock Bowl to face Michigan State; and Cal to the Copper Bowl in Tucson.