Almost a year ago, when Central Florida reached that plateau – an undefeated and unbound season – the Knights declared themselves national champions.
Forgotten the playoffs of college football, they beat Auburn, the only team to beat the future Alabama national champion in the Peach Bowl. UCF Sports Director Danny White has hung a banner of the national championship and the players have rings. There was even a parade.
At present, the Knights, ranked eighth in the country, have started again. First year coach Josh Heupel thinks the undefeated champions of the American Athletics Conference deserve a better fate.
"You watch what this program has been doing for two consecutive years," he told ABC after Central Florida's loss to Memphis, 56-41, for the title of the conference. "This team has the heart of a champion. They deserve to have the chance to go and prove it on the ground. "
The UCF won the AAC title without starting quarterback McKenzie Milton, injured in the leg during the final game of the regular season. Backup Darriel Mack Jr. racked up 348 yards and two goals. He had four touchdowns in the win, allowing the UCF to win 25 consecutive wins.
But putting UCF in the playoffs would require a lot of reshuffle in the committee. No. 1 Alabama won Saturday. No. 2 Clemson was a strong favorite against Pittsburgh. Notre Dame No. 3 did not play. Georgia No. 4 has barely succumbed to the scarlet tide. Oklahoma No. 5 beat Texas. So it seems likely that UCF will probably … again.
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