College Football Playoff Director defends undefeated UCF ranking at #12
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has achieved what no other college football team has done this season – they played entirely undefeated.
The “little school that could” even silenced the naysayers by beating the SEC West champions Auburn in the Peach Bowl. That impressive victory brought them to 13-0 for the year. So, why aren’t the Knights going to the College Football Playoff?
Short answer: scheduling.
Expanded version: UCF played just one team from a Power Five conference this season when they beat Maryland 38-10 back in September They were scheduled to play against Georgia Tech, but the match was canceled due to scheduling problems from Hurricane Irma.
The Knight’s only ranked win was its double overtime triumph over The Memphis Tigers in the American Athletic Conference title game, but its ranking would have surely been boosted if UCF had nabbed an ACC win.
“We’ve got a really mature group of young men who played 13 games and won them all. I think they deserve to be considered national champions,” UCF athletic director Danny White said. “We’re really proud of them.”
White has been on a mission to blitz the media and declare UCF as this year’s national champions. He has even planned a championship parade to be held in Orlando.
White is hoping for a joint crowning year. “By our research,” he said, “there’s been 36 different years where there have been multiple champions crowned in college football. There’s been years where there were three or four champions crowned. … There’s going to be a CFP champion, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not a national champion.”
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock answered questions about the UCF’s number 12 ranking in the final top 25 from the CFP Selection Committee.
“The selection committee respected UCF,” Hancock told ESPN on Tuesday. “After all, they’re the group that put the Knights in the Peach Bowl. To qualify for the playoff, teams need to play tough schedules against good teams — that is the way for all teams to stand out and be ranked high by the committee.
The final teams, Alabama and Georgia, play at 8 p.m. Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the NCAA College Football National Championship.