7. 2001 Oregon: The Ducks finished 11-1 ranked No. 2 in both polls. The only loss was 49-42 vs. Stanford (a really, really weird game, if you recall).
Best player: Quarterback Joey Harrington finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Point differential: 412-256.
Best win: A 38-16 win over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl.
Comment: The Fiesta Bowl victory caused plenty of folks to bemoan the Nebraska-Miami matchup in the BCS title game, considering Colorado had blown out Nebraska the final weekend of the regular season. As for the Stanford loss, the typically straight forward AP noted the game had "everything but aliens landing on the Autzen Stadium turf."
9. 2010 Oregon: The Ducks finished 12-1 and No. 3 in both polls, losing the national title game to Auburn.
Best player: Running back LaMichael James finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Point differential: 611-243
Best win: The Ducks handed Stanford its only loss, 52-31, after trailing 21-3 early. Cardinal finished ranked No. 4.
Comment: An innovative, exciting team to watch, one that played faster than perhaps any big-time college team in history.
• Joey Harrington was in the news more than once yesterday. He was also elected into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame for his performance against Texas in 2000.
Harrington and the Ducks defeated Texas 35-30 in 2000. Harrington threw for 273 yards and two TDs, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass. He joined BYU's Steve Young in 1983 and Texas A&M's Bucky Richardson in 1990 as the only players to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game in Holiday Bowl history.
• Dale Newton intoduces incoming freshmen Sam Kamp out of Mountain View HS in Mesa, AZ. Kamp is a 6'4" 247 lbs. defensive linemen who runs a 4.82 forty.
Kamp has the raw material and the makeup to be a tremendous college football player. There's a little bit of Nick Reed in him, but he's stronger than Reed, and likely to get stronger. He's a smart athlete, a 3.3 student in the classroom.