The College Football Playoff national title game is not until Monday, but the Central Florida Knights aren’t waiting until then to declare themselves the 2017 national champions.
After completing an undefeated season with a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl on Monday, UCF is going all on its national championship claim. The Knights are the only undefeated FBS team in the nation. They won the American Athletic Conference and then topped Auburn ― a team that beat both Alabama and Georgia, who will meet on Monday in Atlanta in the National Championship Game.
UCF declares itself 2017 national champions
— 2017 National Champions (@UCF_Football) January 3, 2018
“Our undefeated national champion Knights are an inspiration. They battled adversity, lit up scoreboards and created a defining moment for UCF: perfection. Congratulations!” UCF president John Hitt wrote.
UCF athletic director Danny White took it a step further than social media, saying that the Knights will hang a national championship banner in their home stadium. He also stated Tuesday on The Dan Le Batard Show on ESPN that the team would have a parade sometime soon.
UCF AD Danny White says #UCF will be hanging a National Championship banner at Spectrum Stadium.
— 96.9 The Game (@969thegame) January 3, 2018
UCF beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl even after the team’s coach, Scott Frost, announced he was leaving to take the Nebraska job in early December. Frost still coached the Knights in the bowl game. He said afterward that there was a “conscious effort” to keep UCF, a team from a non-Power 5 conference, out of the College Football Playoff.