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Danny Kanell Defends UCF Decision To Reject Florida Series

A UCF football helmet placed on the field.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: A UCF Knights helmet sits on the field after the UCF Knights defeated the Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

UCF has been taking some heat for recently backing out of negotiations with the University of Florida to play against the Gators in the regular season. But the Knights now have one respected college footblal analyst in their corner.

Last week, CBS Sports analyst Danny Kanell defended UCF from the criticism the school has received, particularly from Florida head coach Dan Mullen.

Kanell was highly critical of Florida for presenting a "one-sided agreement" just so UCF could play against the Gators.

The former Florida State quarterback also took a dig at the SEC.

Despite boasting the best winning streak in college football and a win over Auburn in last year's Peach Bowl, the College Football Playoff committee did not give 12-0 UCF a spot in the playoff, or even a top-6 ranking at any point in the season.

However, one key criticism of UCF has been the team's schedule - which does not include any games against any opponents in top conferences like the SEC, Big Ten, or Big 12 over the next few years.

UCF currently sits at No. 7 and is set to take on No. 11 LSU in the Fiesta Bowl.