The University of Central Florida defeated Auburn to earn a perfect 13-0 season in front of the college football world on New Year’s Day with millions bearing witness.
The 50th Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl earned a 5.1 overnight – up 28% from the 2015 season game and 55% from the 2014 season game – posting the highest TV rating for a non-College Football Playoff semifinal bowl game in the New Year’s Six era.
A 5.1 rating with 2017’s Nielsen US TV universe estimate makes for 6 million viewers with their sights on the Knights.
UCF defeated the two-score-favorite 34-27 with a dominating performance from the defense and a rebounding offensive push in the second half from McKenzie Milton and crew.
Athletic Director Danny White and UCF President John C. Hitt have declared the 13-0 team national champions and by one NCAA selector, they are. The Wolfe Computer Rankings place UCF at No. 1 by a large margin, allowing White and Hitt to rightfully claim the title based on the selector as the NCAA does not officially recognize a champion outright.
White announced a national championship parade and banners for Spectrum Stadium to roll out quickly.
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