As the Florida Gators get ready to play their “New Year’s Six” Peach bowl game with the Michigan Wolverines in Atlanta, coach Dan Mullen met with the media on Friday to give updates on several subjects.
Mullen covered everything from his players going through final exams, to playing a Michigan program that Florida is very familiar with in recent years. This includes, having played the Wolverines in the regular season opener a year ago. And, he even answered questions about the momentum being gained by how well Florida played at the end of the regular season.
However, we perked up, when the subject of UCF, their strength of schedule and possibly playing Florida or other SEC teams once again came up.
As we wrote previously, this is more unwanted scheduling advice for the Knights. They understand the reality that the “elite” SEC schools would only play them in a one-off home game or as Mullen suggested, to get two home games in Gainesville in exchange for playing one home game in Orlando.
UCF athletic director Danny White has made it very clear they would like to either play at a neutral site, one time or have the home-and-home even swap with it not costing the Knights another home date in the future.
Now, Mullen does make a good point on his comments about not being able to project with real certainty, who will be good years from now when the scheduled games are actually being played.
For example, UCF was 0-12 four seasons ago and no one, and we mean no one, had them going undefeated just two seasons later, as they did in 2017.
Still, UCF has the opportunity if they want to go play someone like Alabama, LSU, Georgia or Florida, if they can get on their schedule in a “one off” game or they can get with ESPN TV to set up a neutral-site early-season match-ups somewhere that those schools might agree to play, also.
For now, the Knights will try to do what they did a year ago -beat an SEC team on a neutral field with a large audience watching and once again claim, that the big boys aren’t too big for them.
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