It’s been an amazing 2017 for UCF Football. When you consider that they were 0-12 two years ago in December, to now being in the Peach Bowl at 12-0 and selling 12,500 tickets in basically two days for the New Year’s Day game, it’s impressive.
The Peach Bowl announced Wednesday afternoon that UCF selling out their allotment was something no other non-power five conference school had done since the inception of the College Football Playoff three years ago.
“UCF fans have made a huge statement coming out in full force to support their undefeated and 12th-ranked Knights,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and president said in the news release.. “We’re quickly approaching a game sellout and expect it to be a full house with an unbelievable atmosphere as we ring in the New Year with our 50th Anniversary Game.”
The Knights will battle Auburn the SEC runner up, at 12:30 on January 1st. And, because of the proximity to Atlanta and popularity of the Tigers, the Peach Bowl also announced the game was almost sold out already.
Auburn just played in and lost the SEC Title Game to Georgia in Mercedes Benz Stadium on Saturday.
This doesn’t mean UCF will only have 12,500 fans at the Peach Bowl, as obviously with proximity to Atlanta being an easy drive and quick flight, there will be thousands of others who have or will be purchasing tickets. However, if Knights fans don’t have them already, they are now going to have to battle Auburn fans big time on the secondary market for seats.
Also, the national notoriety continues for UCF. Coming off the American Conference Championship Game win over Memphis Saturday for the 12-0 season, it was announced Wednesday that former UCF coach Scott Frost, who took the Nebraska job Sunday, is the 2017 “Home Depot National Coach of the Year.”
Frost will be honored on the ESPN “Home Depot College Football Awards Show” in Orlando on Thursday night.
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