The University of Central Florida will get full consideration by the College Football Playoff Committee should they keep winning, according to the CFP Director Bill Hancock.
The Knights have the nation’s longest win streak at 16, yet, those sympathetic to the underdog say that even in 2017 UCF should have been placed higher on their list, even if they didn’t make the playoffs.
“Yes, there is a path,” Hancock said Thursday before the UNC-Miami game in Miami.
“UCF got full consideration from the committee last year. I believe the committee at the end of the season had ranked UCF higher than the sportswriters and the coaches had. So they got every consideration and they had a wonderful season.”
Even prior to Hancock’s statement, another season sweep by the Knights in 2018 couldn’t be ignored; an uproar would take place, and even legal action from UCF against the CFP would be a possibility if the former were shut out from competing at the highest stage.
UCF has kept pace in the 2018 season openers after the departure of Scott Frost and crew. It’s as if no time had passed (give or take a few bad streaks on defense). And its otherwise worrisome opponents this time around have run into trouble of their own: UNC with an embarrassing defeat by ECU, Pitt with a close loss against UNC, Memphis with losses against both Navy and a 1-3 Tulane. Not to mention USF and their nailbiting comeback against Illinois and one score win up from a 1-2 ECU in week 4.
It’s looking more like a repeat for UCF should Heupel and Milton keep stride.
“For the path, play a good schedule, win your games,” Hancock said, “and you’re going to be in the hunt for the College Football Playoff.”
Stay tuned with Knight News as we cover Pitt at Spectrum Stadium.