Case to Include the UCF (University of Central Florida) Football Team into the Final Four National Championship Playoffs

UCF is undefeated. Only four college football squads remain undefeated. If their North Carolina Tar Heels game was not cancelled because of a hurricane, UCF would be 11-0 also having soundly beaten a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, that includes undefeated Clemson Tigers and other colleges that have upset higher ranked teams.

Not only would this outcome be righteous, but it would eliminate any controversy about allowing one team over another school with a similar record, which had lost one or two games this season, from being included into the four-team playoff. Why should one single-loss team be chosen over another? This would be an objective, not subjective committee decision.

How else could UCF prove it is on-par with the Notre Dames and Alabamas of the world unless there was an actual match-up on the field.

Another reason to select UCF is based not only on their unbeaten performance but also their outstanding defensive and offensive prowess. Could Clemson, Notre Dame, or Alabama hold back UCF’s potent offense?

Not only is undefeated UCF deserving of a crack at the playoffs, having the longest two-season winning streak, and they are an exciting team to watch. Their entertainment value is very high.

Selecting UCF this post-season would give over 200 colleges hope that in coming years that they too could play for the National Championship.

Honestly, using the same ol’ measuring sticks and computer-generated models, the committee has ‘sort of screwed up’ for the last two years.

  • In 2016, Ohio State was selected as the fourth team and they got smoked (shutout) in the first round.
  • No team from the Big Ten in 2017, like Ohio State, was chosen last year in favor (giving the appearance of SEC conference bias and favoritism) allowing two of the four teams to be from the very same conference in a tournament that is supposedly a NATIONAL Championship playoff.

(For God’s sake) Look at their statistics:

  1. UCF has a quarterback with a marvelous 161.9 rating. No professional quarterback has even achieved this very high rating over the course of ten and eleven games!
  2. McKenzie Milton has passed for 24 touchdowns and thrown only 5 interceptions during ten games! He has also run for 9 touchdowns on 74 carries for close to 300 yards. Keep in mind that quarterback sacks and kneel-downs behind the line of scrimmage figure into statistics of those 291 total yards gained by running.
  3. The UCF has a total of 31 rushing touchdowns this season; that is an average of three per game. They have an average of 5.8 yards per carry with 444 carries totaling 2,577 yards. Few college teams have rushed for more than 250 yards every game!
  4. UCF’s place-kicker has NOT missed an extra point all year long! Matthew Wright is 58 for 58 and has scored 88 points (8.8/game). His longest field goal was from 47 yards. Not even Notre Dame’s career record-breaking senior kicker  – Justin Yoon – cannot boast these kinds of accuracy statistics this season.
  5. Statistics and algorithms can lie. If the Selection Committee ignores objective selection criteria (simply wins and losses) they are going to make mistakes again and continually be open to both valid and irrational rounds of criticism.
  6. UCF’s passing offense is also very exciting. They have scored 25 touchdowns by the pass (that is 56 TDs in all). Very few college teams have averaged more than 5 touchdowns a game. They average 17.8 yards a pass play. In their first ten games, UCF has amassed 2,715 yards with 183 catches!

Three receivers have made more than 35 catches, four more players have more than 15 receptions this far, and as previously mentioned UCF’s turnover ratio is phenomenal.

Take note that this analysis and recommendation is coming from a 64 year-old lifetime college football fan that grew up in South Bend, graduated with two degrees from a Big Ten Conference school in Southern Indiana, and am a huge, huge Coach Jim Harbaugh (University of Michigan and former Stanford and San Fran 49er) fan.

Of course, I would root for Michigan to be chosen over another one-loss team (the Wolverines only lost to Notre Dame on-the-road by a touchdown) if there was not another deserving undefeated team.

 

Fact: UCF is Undefeated at 10-0

 

Come on man! Please NCAA Selection Committee (please) be more objective and allow the three-game national championship playoff scheme to crown an undisputed national event. Even the “March Madness” national basketball tournament gives smaller college programs a chance to win and succeed.

source:  Johnny Lattner

 

copyright 2018 – Max’s Scout Services & Communications of the Americas, LLC

 

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