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UCF's Starting QB Thinks His Team Was Better Than These Teams In 2018

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 did not make the College Football Playoff last year. You know this already, of course. UCF believes it should have made the College Football Playoff last year. You know this already, too.

The Knights continue to talk (or at least be asked about) it, though. New comments from the team's starting quarterback have surfaced today.

UCF sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton spoke to Houma Today. He said he believes that last year's UCF team was better than the other teams in the state of Florida.

"Look at the talent. Look at the film. They should consider us with those guys," he said of Florida, FSU and Miami. "I think we were a better team than all three of them last year. We can compete with any of those guys. We have to keep working, keep recruiting good guys, guys who are going to buy in and stay true to what we’re doing."

Milton said that he believes the College Football Playoff selection committee is looking for sustained success. The teams that made it have it - UCF, of course, did not.

"I think the main thing the playoff committee is looking for is sustained success," Milton said. "Alabama, sustained success. Georgia, sustained success. Clemson, sustained success. Alabama and Clemson have been in the playoffs all three years. I think they want to see teams be consistent, year in and year out. For us, we kind of came up out of nowhere, going from 0-12 to 6-7 to 13-0. I think if we sustain that success next year, going undefeated again, or maybe losing one game, it will matter. They want to see teams be consistent."

UCF enters 2018 with a new head coach, as Scott Frost left the program for Nebraska.

The Knights open the season on Aug. 30 against UConn. UCF's 2018 schedule also features games against North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Navy, among others.

Another undefeated season is likely needed for UCF to get any kind of College Football Playoff hype.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post said Milton said UCF was better than Alabama, Clemson and Georgia last season. His quotes were misread. Milton was believed to be talking about the other teams in the state of Florida. He discussed the teams that made the College Football Playoff later in the story.