The confetti has fallen after Alabama beat Georgia in the National Championship Game. Still, UCF’s claim to a national title is drawing attention.
In a story by Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein, it’s detailed how Wikipedia editors face challenges to keep the Knights’ page on the website as accurate as possible. As you likely know, users can make edits to Wikipedia pages. That presents some interesting circumstances for the website’s editors when dealing with UCF’s self-declared “national championship” after the Knights finished 13-0 with a victory against Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
As part of the piece, an anonymous editor is quoted as saying “it is completely asinine” for the Knights to consider themselves national champions. Alabama fans will agree.
Check out the complete thought:
An editor who goes by bsuorangecrush thinks the whole claim is absurd: “I feel that it is completely asinine for them to think they are national champions,” he says. “As a Boise State fan, I’ve been through this twice with undefeated seasons yet our fan base and our school never claimed we were champs. … They should act like adults and appreciate the success they have earned instead of proclaiming themselves better than everyone like a pouting little kid.”
Strong words, right?
There’s something to that thought, though. UCF can claim whatever it wants, but the true national champion was crowned when the Crimson Tide beat the Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama received the real trophy. Alabama will be viewed as the country’s best team from this season.
UCF should be proud of its memorable year, which turned out to be Scott Frost’s last as Knights coach before he left for Nebraska. But the Knights will be national champions in their fans’ minds only.