Two days ago, Alabama celebrated its 17th national championship with a parade in Tuscaloosa, but as we all know by now, folks in Orlando live in their own reality.
As if UCF’s parade at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom or its block party in downtown Orlando or the outright declaration from its athletic director didn’t already spell it out, the Knights made it even more clear they believe they’re the rightful 2017 national champions.
Here’s a look at the “National Champions — The Only 2017 Undefeated Champion” banner that the school added to its football practice field, courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel’s Roger Simmons.
— Roger Simmons (@RogerSimmons) January 22, 2018
UCF’s 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl capped the Knights’ 13-0 season, making them the only unbeaten Division I team in the country. However, UCF finished No. 6 in the final AP Top 25 rankings.
According to Simmons, UCF AD Danny White has promised that another national champions banner will be raised inside Spectrum Stadium.
UCF’s claim to the title is also shared by Florida governor Rick Scott, who made it official in writing that the state of Florida would recognize the Knights as national champions.
One of the reasons Scott gave was based on transitive property. The document stated that the two teams participating in the CFP national championship game, Alabama and Georgia, were both defeated by Auburn, which lost to UCF.
Alabama defeated Georgia, 26-23 in overtime, exactly two weeks ago to claim the national title.