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The Oregon Ducks are going back to the Alamo, as in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio, Texas, to face Texas Christian University (TCU) on Jan. 2 (3:45 p.m. PT, ESPN).

The Ducks (9-3) were No. 15 in the final College Football Playoff poll, four spots behind the Horned Frogs (10-2).

"It's another chance to compete and be together," UO coach Mark Helfrich says. "We always try to talk about ending the season with an exclamation point and not a period."

Says TCU coach Gary Patterson: "You go in to win. This is a playoff game (in my mind). Oregon, if not a team with injuries, would have been a top-four team. We felt we would have been like that. Let's get healthy and go play a great ballgame."

There should be plenty of speed and high-flying offense on the turf in San Antonio.

The Horned Frogs of the Big 12 Conference averaged 41.7 points per game and, like Oregon, suffered a close league loss (to Oklahoma, 30-29, after missing on two-point conversion attempt) and a blowout loss (49-29 to Oklahoma State).

Quarterback Trevone Boykin has been the offense's centerpiece, throwing for 3,575 yards and 31 TDs on 64.9 percent completion rate, and he threw 10 interceptions. Josh Doctson has 79 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 TDs. Aaron Green has 1,171 yards rushing (5.3 yards per carry) and 10 TDs. Boykin has 612 yards rushing and nine TDs.

Of Boykin, Patterson says: "Two years here he's done a fantastic job. We wouldn't be in the position we're in without him. He was hurt at the end of the year, we expect him to be full strength. He was 75 percent for the Baylor game (overtime win)."

The Horned Frogs beat Ole Miss 41-3 in last season's Peach Bowl.

Oregon beat Texas 30-7 in the 2013 Alamo Bowl. The Ducks played in the CFP last year, losing to Ohio State in the national championship game, and then started the season 3-3 (including a 42-point loss to Utah) before winning six in a row behind QB Vernon Adams, running back Royce Freeman and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.

"We had stumbling blocks early on," Helfrich says. "It seems like ours were on top of each other. But, guys are playing with forward lean and confidence and now we're facing a different animal (in TCU) ... they can score in the 50s and up and with a Coach Patterson defense, that's a lethal combination."

The Ducks are now dealing with the loss of Scott Frost, offensive coordinator, who took the head coaching job at Central Florida. It's unknown whether Frost will coach offense in the Alamo Bowl.

Stanford, the Pac-12 champ, will play Iowa in the Rose Bowl.

The Pac-12 bowl lineup:

Dec. 19

New Mexico Bowl — Arizona vs. New Mexico, 11 a.m. PT, ESPN

Las Vegas Bowl — Utah vs. BYU, 12:30 PT, ABC

Dec. 26

Sun Bowl — Washington State vs. Miami, 11 a.m. PT, CBS

Heart of Dallas Bowl — Washington vs. Southern Mississippi, 11:20 PT, ESPN

Foster Farms Bowl — UCLA vs. Nebraska, 6:15 p.m. PT, ESPN

Dec. 29

Armed Forces Bowl — California vs. Air Force, 11 a.m. PT, ESPN

Dec. 30

Holiday Bowl — USC vs. Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN

Jan. 1

Rose Bowl — Stanford vs. Iowa, 2 p.m. PT, ESPN

Jan. 2

Alamo Bowl — Oregon vs. TCU, 3:45 p.m. PT, ESPN

Cactus Bowl — Arizona State vs. West Virginia, 7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN

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