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UCF moves up to eighth in latest College Football Playoff rankings

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The latest and second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings reveal took place Tuesday night and the UCF Knights continue to move up, however, it wasn’t as much as some may have thought.

Off the Knights win in the regular season finale against rival USF, UCF was slotted up one more spot at number eight in the latest rankings. While that’s the highest that a non-power 5 Conference team has ever reached in the CFP rankings, it is still well outside to play off Final Four.

And, therefore, it is now more unlikely that UCF can crack that final four, even with a win in the American Conference Championship Game Saturday over Memphis.

This is because, the committee rank Georgia at number four, Oklahoma at 5 and Ohio State, who upset Michigan last week, at number six. Further the committee left the Wolverines in front of the unbeaten Knights in the 7 spot.

One other big consideration has to be the season-ending injury suffered by quarterback McKenzie Milton in last week’s game with the Bulls. He is not only UCF’s best player, but arguably, the best player of any of the group of five conference schools.

The CFP committee did leave Alabama at 1, Clemson at 2, and Notre Dame at 3. It is still believed that the Crimson Tide, who have been far and away the best team in college football this season, could suffer a loss at the hands of Georgia in the SEC title game Saturday and still get a playoff berth.

The same might be said of the Clemson Tigers, if they were to nearly lose to Pitt in the ACC Championship game Saturday. But, it’s more likely that a loss would cost Clemson a spot in the playoffs.

It’s clear now the only hope for UCF to “crash the top four” is to have an armageddon-like Saturday of losing that sees Georgia lose to Alabama like most expect. And, then, also sees upsets of Ohio State in the Big Ten title game and Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

Even with those losses, it’s not clear that the committee would go ahead and put UCF in the final four and may very will leave them somewhere around 5 or 6 in the final rankings Sunday at noon eastern.

UCF fans can take consolation that a year ago they never moved higher than 14th in the final CFP rankings and now have remained in the top 10 for a couple of weeks.

And, should they devastate Memphis Saturday with backup quarterback Darriel Mack, it might get make an even bigger impression on the committee to help them move up some more

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