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At some point soon, UCF’s “National Champions” silliness needs to end

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The honoring of the UCF Knights tremendous unbeaten 2017 season will continue this Sunday, when the NFL will recognize the team at the Pro Bowl.

With interest in the game lagging, especially with attendance, the league is trying to get locals in Orlando and the region to respond.

As Matt Shapiro from the league told the Orlando Sentinel yesterday, “When we thought about UCF and the amazing season they had going undefeated and their bowl game win, we thought there was really no better way, especially in the city of Orlando, to do something for that college celebration of football than to honor the UCF team in the stadium on Sunday,”

The important distinction for the NFL is it will not get involved in calling UCF “National Champions”

The school has taken it so far, that they had a parade down Main Street of Walt Disney World, then raised a “National Championship 2017”  flag at their practice facility, recently.

And, there is also a movement, from state lawmakers in the area to have “UCF 2017 National Champions” license plates made out of Tallahassee for fans and for alumni.

We get that the Knights are trying to capitalize for what may be the only time in the near or distant future that they finish the only unbeaten team in college football.

However, at some point, you have to call silliness what it is: silliness.

We wrote previously that UCF should be willing to let others continue to tout their 2017 season.

Alabama won the College Football Playoff championship game in a thrilling overtime victory over Georgia. They are the National Champions by agreement with all of the conferences and their member schools. That includes, the American Athletic Conference and UCF.

If you want to continue to tell the world, that you were the only unbeaten team in 2017, that’s one thing. But, for Danny White, the athletic director, and everyone else involved in the “National Champions” P.R. push, the rest of the country is now not only rolling their eyes, but eventually you will come off as childish/immature, etc., if they haven’t already.

Take the recognition coming Sunday night at the Pro Bowl, revel once more, in being unbeaten in an historic season, and then, please, move on.



  1. Jameson

    November 4, 2018 at 1:10 am

    You put “National Champions” in quotes… as if to insinuate that they are not in fact national champions. But what you clearly do not realize is the NCAA has formally recognized UCF’s claim. So make sure when you quote the NCAA, you properly annotate the reference. It seems as though you’ve forgotten to do that.

  2. E

    January 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    The only silliness here is a system where undefeated doesn’t get you a shot at the league championship.

    In what other league are 1/2 the teams eliminated, no matter how many games they win, before the season even starts?

  3. Rick

    January 25, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Frankly, the only people coming off as childish/immature are writers like you, and blogs/publications like this one.

    Why does UCF’s unbeaten season and claim to a national championship trigger you and others so? What is so offensive about it?

    UCF proved they could play and WIN against the so-called “power” schools, not just this year but also a couple years ago against the Big 12 champion in the Fiesta Bowl. Winning BCS and NY6 games against P5 alleged “power” teams (because 65% of alleged “Power 5” teams aren’t that good) has not advanced the conversation to include teams like UCF in a playoff. However, playing in the NY6 Peach Bowl, beating the Auburn team that won versus the eventual invitational playoff champion Alabama has, in simple terms, both illustrated a path to claim a national championship AND people have begun asking why UCF was excluded from a playoff.

    A one-loss Alabama team and the only undefeated team in FBS college football, UCF, had one common opponent…Auburn. UCF beat the common opponent while Alabama did not. This is not some long convoluted transitive argument. It is Common Opponent, an aspect of analysis that the CFP, college football analysts, and every college football fan points to when evaluating college football teams.

    Finally, the reason why UCF’s National Champions claim has not gone away, is because there’s some legitimacy to it that most people can easily see. So, I ask again. Why are you so triggered?

  4. James Harhi

    January 25, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Poor baby… I am sorry UCF is hurting your feeling… Change the CFP or be prepared for a revolution

  5. Charge On

    January 25, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Uh no… you got one thing right in your silly article: Alabama is the “Playoff” champ… UCF is the National Champions. According to the interactions I’ve had, in my travels across the USA the last few weeks, I have to correct you regarding “the rest of the country rolling their eyes”. Let me burst this bubble you apparently live in and share my experiences, in which I clearly get confirmation from fellow countrymen regarding the right UCF has to claim the championship title. They actually encourage it and suppport it, even if the only ultimate result is that it highlights that change in the system is needed. College football fans, that don’t live in the SEC bubble, understand that the playoffs now are just a money-making scam, to feed the good ol boys club and not to truly expose true Champions. UCF is proud to carry that title and determined to tell people like you it’s time to get on board.

  6. Brook sizemore

    January 24, 2018 at 10:03 am


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