Since 1915 Oregon has fielded a football team. In 105 years, the Ducks have never won a national championship, but have come very close. This list counts down our top 5 Oregon football teams of all-time.
5. 2011 12-2 (Rose Bowl – W)
At our #5 spot, we have the 2011 Ducks. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38 in the Rose Bowl. The Ducks finished the year ranked #4 in the AP Poll. Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, and De’Anthony Thomas led the high-powered offense.
4. 2014 13-2 (Rose Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)
The 2014 Ducks were led by Marcus Mariotta and Royce Freeman. The Ducks averaged 45.4 points per game while allowing 23.6 points per game. Oregon ended up losing in the College Football Championship by 22 to Ohio State and finished #2 in the AP Poll.
3. 2010 12-1 (BCS Championship – L)
The 2010 season was nearly perfect for the Ducks. They came into the BCS title game undefeated; however lost to Auburn 22-19. The Ducks finished the year ranked #3 in the AP Poll.
2. 2001 11-1 (Fiesta Bowl – W)
Coached by Mike Bellotti, the 2001 Ducks finished 11-1. They were led by Joey Harrington, Maurice Morris, and Onterrio Smith. On defense, Steve Smith finished the year with 8 interceptions. The Ducks smacked Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl 38-16 and finished the year ranked #2 in the AP Poll.
1. 2012 11-1 (Fiesta Bowl – W)
Our top spot belongs to the 2012 Ducks. This team was absolutely stacked with Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, and Kenjon Barner leading the offense, while Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso leading the defense. The Ducks one loss came to Stanford; however, they redeemed themselves with a 35-17 Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State.