For the second straight season, UCF football went undefeated. Once again, as expected, the Knights will not be given the chance to play for a national title…at least, the national title that most of us observe. I’m sure if they win their New Year’s Six game, they will claim another.
Entering Saturday, UCF needed significant chaos to get involved in the Playoff picture. Instead, despite some drama in the Big 12 and SEC Championships, chalk held.
The favorites won all of the Power Five championship games, and the Playoff has been set: 1. Alabama, 2. Clemson, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Oklahoma.
No. 5 Georgia only fell one spot, despite the loss to Alabama. Ohio State was the second team out at No. 6. The full final College Football Playoff rankings should be released shortly.
Once again, UCF football is not taking the perceived College Football Playoff snub well.
At least the Knights social media team has channeled it into something creative.
After the field was announced, @UCF_Football tweeted a pretty clever response to the whole ordeal.
tHeRe Is A pAtH fOr UcF pic.twitter.com/ijSWxvHm3N
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) December 2, 2018
For the less meme-saavy, UCF combined a wrestling video with the text from the famous mocking SpongeBob SquarePants meme, so you know its serious.
In reality, the season-ending injury to McKenzie Milton made it very unlikely that UCF could break through here, and even if he was healthy, the Knights needed an extreme set of results to launch into the top four.
The Knights, or any Group of Five power, would probably need to go undefeated with a loaded non-conference schedule to get into the field of four. UCF played South Carolina State, had a game against a very bad UNC team canceled, beat FAU, which wound up being disappointing, and blew out Pitt, which is a nice result, but can’t be the best one.
With non-conference schedules made years in advance, it is a tough spot for UCF. The Knights are just a few years removed from an 0-12 season. The fact that Scott Frost elevated the program so fast, and that Josh Heupel has picked things up without disruption, made it hard for the school to build out a schedule that would put them in Playoff contention.
Still, the disappointment is very understandable.