Scott Frost went back to Central Florida to coach the Knights one final time in the Peach Bowl. UCF proved itself as one of the nation’s best teams, defeating Auburn 34-27 to complete a 13-0 season.
But the victory was still a little bittersweet, leaving Frost, UCF players and college football fans wondering what would’ve happened if the Knights had been picked for the College Football Playoff. Frost — who was hired by Nebraska on Dec. 2 — vented about the selection process after the Knights beat Auburn, saying it was not fair to non-Power 5 teams such as UCF.
“It looked like a conscious effort to me to make sure that they didn’t have a problem if they put us too high and a couple teams ahead of us lost,” Frost said. “And oh, no, now we have to put them in a playoff. But we just beat a team that beat two playoff teams and lost to another one by 6 points and we beat them by 7.
“And Auburn is a great team. I’m not taking anything away from them. I give them a ton of credit. But these guys deserve everything they get, and they deserve more credit from the committee than what they got.”