By: Michelle R. The Knights have made a lot of noise the last two seasons after going and being completely ignored by the College Football Playoff committee. Outside of the American Athletic Conference, UCF needs more Power 5 teams on its schedule — and then it needs to win those games if they want to continue to yell about how good the team is. But beating Stanford at home this week would be a solid step in that direction.
Saturday morning was the immediate autopsy of a game — and season — which got knocked off track. This column is meant to address the much bigger picture surrounding UCF. If any of those commentators or college football fans were talking about alone, they are correct.
Boise State would have to lose twice. Cincinnati would have to lose twice. If you want to say the UCF hype and magic are over this year, fine.
I can certainly accept that. If you are referring to any period of time beyond , get lost. Can we stop for a moment and realize how much horrendous luck the Knights have endured?
McKenzie Milton got hurt. Darriel Mack got hurt. In ? Dillon Gabriel and his receivers, AND his offensive line, were not good enough in concert with each other.
They all suffered their share of failures. With Milton or Mack in there, the odds of such a red-zone disaster would have decreased sharply. Now imagine a season without quarterback injuries. All the speed Scott Frost and Josh Heupel have recruited into the program will still be there.
UCF has a solid foundation.
The Broncos did what UCF did, only better. This is not a negative commentary on UCF, just to make sure no one gets the wrong idea.
Boise State played elite non-conference opponents early in the season and defeated them. The Broncos put themselves in position to contend for the national title. The Broncos also would have played in the Rose Bowl had their kicker not missed a chip shot at Nevada on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
TCU took the spot Boise State relinquished. UCF rose to a very great height in , but Boise State rose higher in That run for the Broncos 10 years ago was not the product of uninterrupted dominance.
The Broncos delivered unbeaten regular seasons in and Will UCF be as dominant as that?
No one knows. The Knights have stockpiled too much talent to be wished off the stage by college football elitists.
UCF will be back. Mark it down… but not this year.