“I tell ya, I get NO RESPECT…” – UCF Knights Football
Even after a 13-0 season and a win over Auburn 34-27 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, the UCF Knights football program is claiming a National Championship and will hang a banner in their stadium to prove it. The only problem is that they aren’t the winner of the college football playoff – the four team championship series decided by a “selection committee” which did not include the only undefeated team in the country.
“I don’t think our kids should be penalized because we weren’t respected by the College Football Playoff committee, nor should our program be penalized because we weren’t around 20 or 30 years ago when people were claiming national championships left and right. We’re trying to build our program and we feel very strongly as the only undefeated team and having beat Auburn, who beat both teams competing for the national championship, that we have an extremely sound case to claim the crown.”
–UCF Athletic Director, Danny White
On Tuesday, both CFP (College Football Playoff) executive director Bill Hancock and committee chairman Kirby Hocutt told ESPN’s Heather Dinich that they were confident in the way UCF was ranked all season. “The selection committee respected UCF,” Hancock said.
A typical answer from corporate stooges with no ability or testicular fortitude to make a change or admit there is a problem with the system. The rich get richer, that’s the way of the world and college football is no different.
For now, UCF seems content with claiming the National Championship for themselves, and I don’t blame them one bit. Not only do they deserve a seat at the table this season, (a table that consists of no other undefeated teams, BUT does have two SEC teams that lost to Auburn) but they also deserve the recognition that a National Champion would provoke for an incredible season. In addition to going 13-0, UCF was ranked 7th in the country for total offense, 2nd in points per game and 4th in point differential (where they only trailed Penn State, Alabama and Ohio State).
The only answer for college football is an eight team playoff, let the teams settle this on the field. Sure there may be arguments for the 8th spot in this scenario, but it’s a lot easier to justify with strength of schedule, overall record and a trusty eye-ball test to determine the difference between an 8 and 9-seeded team. America pines for more football in the same way we all go crazy for NCAA March Madness, just give the people what they want! No one will argue against adding another week of bowl game-producing playoffs, more revenue for the NCAA, ESPN and the football programs involved. Or maybe every year we’ll just have multiple schools claiming a national championship, banner sales will skyrocket.