Not only did the University of Central Florida remain in the same spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, the Knights were jumped by an 8-3 Mississippi State team.

On Saturday, November 18, the Bulldogs trailed by 14 in the first quarter and by 7 in the third quarter before narrowly defeating an unranked 4-7 Arkansas State football team by one touchdown in the fourth. That same day, UCF defeated Temple University effortlessly in Philadelphia 45-19.

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UCF Director of Athletics Danny White chimed in Tuesday night.

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White has subtly made comments in support of the Knights as the season went on although has taken a more direct approach as of late – on broadcast and on social media – given the Knights’ season performance.

Frost has encouraged players and emphatically stated to media that distractions will be avoided. The rankings, according to Frost, are nothing but a distraction to what takes place on the field.

The question that remains is how much better will UCF have to play before breaking that glass ceiling – when will the Knights have a better year? A playoff position seems unrealistic for the Knights although a top-ten standing seems less so.

An AP Top-25 matchup on Friday may answer that question, whether its next week or never.