TODAY'S GAME: Oregon (10-1) vs. Colorado (10-2), 1:30 p.m., Fiesta Bowl, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. TV: KATU (2). Radio: KXL (750) AM.
NO MO: Tailback Maurice Morris made himself scarce during media day Sunday, hiding in the upper seats of Sun Devil Stadium. It has been Mo's M.O. (modus operandi) to be elusive or silent with the media because speaking publicly doesn't fit with his personality. His backup, Onterrio Smith, has been sought out more often.
'Mo has had such a huge part in getting us here,' QB Joey Harrington says. 'I hope he realizes that.'
JOEY'S TUNES: Harrington showed off his musical expertise by revealing what he listens to before a game: 'Dave Matthews on the bus ride over. Once I get in the locker room, it's Herbie Hancock, 'Cantaloupe Island,' some of his earlier stuff, not the funky. He gets a little too funky once you get into the '70s. I throw in a little Harry Connick, either his big band or funk album jazz combo.'
THE YOUNGSTERS TALK: So what do first-time bowl participants think of all the Fiesta Bowl festivities, hype and such?
On staying out of trouble: 'People always say Oregon's a good program, not just football-wise but as people. They give coach (Mike) Bellotti compliments about us,' says Stephen Clayton, a redshirt freshman safety from Beaverton.
On killing bowl week time: 'I sleep,' defensive tackle Darrell Wright says. 'I'm not a big Nintendo fan. Mostly I sleep. Occasionally, I watch TV until I go to sleep.'
Is the Fiesta the first of four big-time bowls for the freshmen? 'Before we get out of here, we'd like to win a national championship. Or, two. Or, three. However many we can get,' says redshirt freshman QB Kellen Clemens, who will suit up for the first time since the opener against Wisconsin.
Has Oregon reached the big time? 'I thought we were going to be good,' says Robby Valenzuela, a true freshman defensive tackle. 'But, we're really good. And, that's good.'