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Here’s why UCF AD Danny White refuses to call it the College Football Playoff

Saban dismisses claim that UCF shares national title with Alabama

Alabama coach Nick Saban insists that his team is the true NCAA football champion, and not UCF, who went undefeated last season. Saban added that the College Football Playoff system is "not broken."
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Alabama coach Nick Saban insists that his team is the true NCAA football champion, and not UCF, who went undefeated last season. Saban added that the College Football Playoff system is "not broken."

After UCF was left out of the College Football Playoff following a second consecutive undefeated season, Knights athletic director Danny White expressed his thoughts on social media.

“It’s not a playoff,” White tweeted. “It’s an invitational. I’m excited to see what invitational we get to be a part of, and once again show what our team is capable of, ON THE FIELD! Proud of our team. Can’t wait to go bowling with #KnightNation!!!”

UCF was later chosen to play LSU in the Fiesta Bowl as part of the New Year’s Six Bowl lineup.

Last year, UCF went undefeated and headed to the Peach Bowl where the Knights defeated Auburn of the Southeastern Conference. UCF wasn’t included in the CFP’s top six final rankings with one-loss Power 5 champions Oklahoma (No. 4) and Ohio State (No. 6) as well as two-loss Georgia (No. 5), which fell in a close game against Alabama in the SEC championship, ranked ahead of the Knights.

Even Michigan, which did not play for a conference title with two losses — most recently a blowout loss to rival Ohio State, was ranked ahead of UCF in the final CFP rankings.

That also led to reaction from UCF president Dale Whittaker on social media.

“At UCF, we say: ‘if there’s a better way, we should do it,’” Whittaker tweeted. “There is a better way to determine the best team in college football: decide it on the field. I look forward to the discussion about how to change the current #CFP system to include all deserving teams like @UCF_Football.”

College football analyst Danny Kanell, who played at Florida State, echoed Whittaker’s sentiments by advocating for an eight-team playoff, listing what it would look like if it happened this year via social media.

However, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said there’s no discussion about playoff expansion, according to ESPN.

“There’s been no talk about a format change in the meetings of the commissioners and the presidents who manage the CFP,” Hancock told ESPN.

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