UCF Knights: The Unrecognized National Champion

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As the College Football News duly noted recently, "The highest-ranked conference champion from the American Athletic, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt automatically gets one spot in either the College Football Playoff or in the Cotton Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, or Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl".

That team is undefeated UCF, which has already declared itself national champion before the title game begins.

Sankey said SEC teams worked hard to adjust their nonconference football schedules to meet the criteria for earning semifinal bids, pointing to Georgia's matchup with Notre Dame and Georgia Tech and Alabama's opener against Florida State. "We hope this sparks a greater debate on expanding the playoff to make it fair for teams like UCF".

Sunday's Disney parade was the first of two postseason celebrations. Still, with talented playmakers like A.J. Green and Aaron Murray and a four-bowl winning streak, the Dawgs were favored heading in. "That just goes with the territory and it won't change".

Declaring UCF as national champions is steeped in one of journalism's most noble missions: "To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable". You guys have known that for years.

"Florida is home to the country's best college football, and this season, UCF proved to the world that they can beat any team", Scott said in a news release. So they had to play much later at night and get finished much later at night, so it's tough in both parts.

As bad as the old BCS way, it was still better than this.

But despite the public reproach, Hancock said he doesn't foresee the playoff expanding past its current four-team model. I don't know if it's physically, emotionally, psychologically, however you want to put it, early in the week, to refocus on another big game. "I think it's pretty cool that they have that kind of confidence in our group, and I agree with them".

The Bulldogs were having a down year in Mark Richt's 10th season in Athens - in fact, it was his worst regular season finish as Georgia's head coach, going 6-6.

There was no justifiable argument for an undefeated school to be ranked that low. Frost spent much of the afternoon as a guest analyst on television for the National Championship Game.

A playoff representative eventually cleared up the matter and escorted Frost inside.

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