At every turn, UCF has celebrated its unbeaten season like it won the national championship. But former UCF coach Scott Frost concedes that while he would’ve liked to have had a chance to actually play for the title, the team that wins the playoff, Alabama, is in fact the national champion.
Frost, who is now the head coach at Nebraska, spoke with USA Today’s George Schroder about how his former school has gone about celebrating its unbeaten season.
And the most interesting quote comes from Frost’s concession that given the system, Alabama should be the national champion.
“I do think it was almost criminal how low they(the College Football Playoff committee) kept UCF in the rankings, and I think it was intentional,” Frost told Schroder. “But at the end of the day, the playoff system is that the national champion is the team that wins the playoff.”
“I think it was smart by them, because it has kept UCF in the media and in the conversation,” Frost said But you know, like our rings, I kind of wish my ring just said ‘Undefeated Season’ and ‘Peach Bowl Champion.’ ”
The rings that the players and team got, as tweeted out by the school’s account, say national champions on them.
— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) April 22, 2018
There’s been a running number of things UCF has done this offseason to annoy Alabama fans and their claim on the championship, including the athletic directors of both schools subtweeting each other.
Frost probably has the best way of going about it. Yes, in a perfect and ideal world, Central Florida would’ve had a chance to play in the College Football Playoff and possibly for the national championship. But unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. We live in a world where the Alabama’s, Georgia’s and Ohio State’s of the world get the benefit of the doubt and get into the playoff even though a team may have a superior resume.
And while it might be fun for UCF and Alabama to play at some point in the future, there is zero benefit for Alabama to ever play them. Maybe some day Frost can lead Nebraska back to national promince and take on Alabama in a national championship game that the general public will recognize as legitimate.