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When the clock hit zeroes Saturday in Auburn, Ala., it seemed the Crimson Tide had the best chance to win the Iron Bowl and reach the SEC championship game. Then ... well, we all know what happened. The question is: Where does Chris Davis' field goal return rank among the best college football endings -- meaning, the game's final play -- of all time? Click on the images below to set your list!

College football finishes

Holiday Bowl (1980)

Holiday Bowl (1980)

BYU's Jim McMahon hit Clay Brown for a 41-yard Hail Mary TD to tie SMU; the extra point gave BYU a 46-45 win after trailing 45-25 with four minutes left.

The Play (1982)

The Play (1982)

With four seconds left and a 20-19 lead, Stanford kicked off to California; the Stanford band came on the field during the multiple-lateral return, which was scored by Kevin Moen for a 25-20 win.

Hail Flutie (1984)

Hail Flutie (1984)

Boston College QB Doug Flutie hit WR Gerard Phelan on a 48-yard, against-the-wind Hail Mary to win at Miami 47-45.

The Fifth Down (1990)

The Fifth Down (1990)

With Colorado down 31-27 and near the Missouri goal line, the officiating crew accidentally forgot to flip the down marker, ultimately giving the Buffaloes a fifth down -- on which QB Charles Johnson scored a 1-yard TD to win 33-31.

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

The Miracle at Michigan (1994)

Colorado again -- this time with Kordell Stewart hitting Michael Westbrook on a tipped 64-yard Hail Mary to give the Buffaloes a 27-26 win over host Michigan.

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

The Bluegrass Miracle (2002)

Another tipped Hail Mary -- this one from LSU's Marcus Randall to Devery Henderson for a 74-yard TD and 33-30 win over Kentucky (which had doused coach Guy Morriss with Gatorade seconds earlier).

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

Fiesta Bowl (2003)

After being given new life thanks to a pass interference penalty in the first OT and then taking a 31-24 lead in the second, Ohio State forced an incomplete pass from Miami on fourth-and-goal at the 1 to win the BCS National Championship.

Capital One Bowl (2005)

Capital One Bowl (2005)

After letting LSU rally from 12 points down, Iowa scrambled to get to the 44-yard line, from which Drew Tate hit Warren Holloway for a 56-yard TD to give the Hawkeyes a 30-25 win.

Statue Left (2007)

Statue Left (2007)

After fighting to get to overtime, underdog Boise State fell behind Oklahoma 42-35 in the first extra frame, scored a touchdown, then pulled a "Statue of Liberty" handoff to Ian Johnson for the game-winning two-point conversion.

Iron Bowl (2013)

Iron Bowl (2013)

A 57-yard, last-second field goal attempt for Alabama in a 28-28 game fell short and into the hands of Chris Davis, who returned the ball 109 yards for a 34-28 Auburn win.

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Mariota's Heisman chances

Thursday's 26-20 loss to Stanford dealt a severe blow to Oregon's BCS title aspirations, but how will it impact Marcus Mariota's Heisman hopes? The Ducks' superstar quarterback delivered an underwhelming performance against the No. 5 Cardinal. Does Mariota still have a shot at the Heisman? Who gets your vote right now?

Did Marcus Mariota's performance against Stanford cost him the Heisman Trophy?

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  • Which of these players would you most want quarterbacking your NFL team?

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  • How much influence should a team's overall record have on Heisman voting?

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  • If Alabama remains undefeated, which opponent would you most like to see it play in the BCS title game?

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Is Alabama vs. FSU inevitable?

Suddenly, the college football landscape looks a lot less rocky. Gone (presumably) from the national-title discussion are the Oregon Ducks -- they of the No. 2 BCS ranking a week ago -- thanks to a deceptively close 26-20 loss to the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Thursday night. Cemented (presumably) are No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State. Then again, Baylor is unbeaten and made a statement. Ohio State also is undefeated and unlikely to be tested much. And in college football, you never know.

  • Which team would win if they met in the BCS title game?

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  • Which teams will play for the BCS National Championship?

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  • How surprised are you about Stanford's 26-20 win over Oregon on Thursday night?

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  • Which of these teams is most likely to play in the BCS National Championship Game?

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  • What do you make of Stanford effectively dominating Oregon in a 26-20 win?

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  • Is Marcus Mariota's Heisman campaign finished?

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  • What chance does Stanford have of playing in the BCS National Championship Game?

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  • Four AQ teams remain unbeaten. How many will finish the pre-bowl season with no losses?

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CFB: (3) Oregon at (5) Stanford

Last week's Miami-Florida State tilt was just the appetizer to the month's real heavyweight matchup. The No. 3 (for now?) Oregon Ducks will travel south for a Thursday night game against No. 5 Stanford with huge national championship implications on the line. A win for the Ducks likely would bump them back up to No. 2 in the BCS standings. For Stanford, a win over Oregon could help diminish an ugly loss to Utah and possibly result in a Rose Bowl berth should the Cardinal keep winning. Stanford stole a game at Oregon last season even though the Ducks were 20-point favorites. How do you see this year's game playing out, and has the Ducks-Cardinal rivalry turned into a great one?

Which team will win Thursday night's game at Stanford?

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  • What do you think of Oregon being favored by 10 points at Stanford?

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  • Which is the best one-loss team in the country?

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  • Where is Oregon-Stanford in the current debate about the best rivalries in college football?

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  • Who will win the Heisman Trophy this season?

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  • Which game would you rather attend this week?

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  • Which of these potential national championship matchups would you most like to see?

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CFB: (6) Stanford at (25) Oregon St.

Two weeks ago the Stanford Cardinal reinforced the notion that college football isn't so much about if you lose but rather when you lose. A horrible loss to Utah could have derailed any hopes at a championship, but just one week later, six teams in the top 10 lost, vaulting the Cardinal up to No. 6 in the first BCS standings. They'll need some more good luck with teams above them losing, but there is a small light at the end of the tunnel. Will it keep shining after a date with Oregon State?

Which team will win Saturday's game at Oregon State?

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  • Which of these top-six teams is in the most danger of losing on Saturday?

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  • How will Stanford fare against Oregon in Week 10?

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  • What do you make of Stanford being No. 6 in the first BCS standings of the season?

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  • Stanford coach David Shaw has been mentioned as a possible NFL head-coaching candidate next season. Would you want your favorite team to hire him?

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