Bob's Blog: UCF deserves more
On Monday Central Florida upset Auburn 34-27 to win the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Knights and Scott Frost did everything the right way this year - won all their games, handled Frost's move to Nebraska with class - all of it was awesome to watch.
The aftermath of their win is getting uglier by the day though. Let's start with a simple fact. You cannot compare wins by using the transitive property of equality. That needs to stop. Just because UCF beat Auburn, who beat Alabama and Georgia, does not mean UCF is better than the entire SEC.
It also is a little over the top for Central Florida to declare itself national champions, although in fairness, the school is going to pay its coaches their national championship bonus. Even so, the team did not go to the playoff and did not win the national championship.
This, however, is not to entirely knock UCF for its stance because its stance is part of a much bigger issue. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPNs Heather Dinich that he's not looking to expand the playoff, but more ridiculously - told her UCF was treated **fairly** because the Knights likely wouldn't be undefeated had they played in a power five conference. Said Bowlsby, “They have some big games, but they don't have an Iowa State who can beat Oklahoma.” By the way Iowa State lost five games, four to unranked teams.
I absolutely hate this reasoning. Hate it. Commissioner Bowlsby, with all due respect, you don't know that it's likely they'd be undefeated. No one knows that, and it's why the NCAA's system is flawed. Prove that Scott Frost didn't just assemble the best staff in the country coupled with the best recruits in the country. Prove that. You can't. There is quite literally no way to prove that UCF wasn't the best team in the country this year and that's a huge problem.
In case you're wondering about little ol' Central Florida in its little ol' conference, the school is the biggest in the state of Florida, besting Florida itself by more than 9000 students. Florida State is 5th. That school – UCF - can't produce the best team in the country?
Are we 100 percent sure Central Florida's players aren't as good as those in the power five? If you believe the recruiting rankings in the last five years, the Knights were as low as 79 and at its peak – 55th. Take that into consideration, 13-0 must have just been an absolute miracle.
There are years that the non-power five conference team might just be the best in the nation, yet we'll never get the chance to find out. How is that a fair system? '04Utah, '06 Boise, '08 Utah, '09 Boise and 2010 TCU all deserved to know if their undefeated seasons were good enough to match the big boys. 2017 UCF did too.
And just so you know the arrogance with which UCF - and every other non power-five program must face - Bowlsby added this gem at the end, “If TCU and UCF played 10 times, I defy anybody to convince me UCF would win the majority of the games. Of course, I've only been looking at it for 35 years.”
That's why all of this is a total sham for UCF - and any team like them.