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Former UCF coach doesn’t think Knights deserve a spot in playoff — according to his ballot

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."

When UCF went undefeated in the 2017-18 college football season, capping it with a Peach Bowl victory over Auburn, then-head coach Scott Frost backed the Knights for deserving a shot at the College Football Playoff.

Even after Frost left for his alma mater, Nebraska, he continued the conversation in the offseason, though he did express he wanted an eight-team playoff and said he had a hard time backing UCF’s national title claim if he had stayed at the Orlando school.

However, in the latest Coaches Poll, Frost did not vote his previous coaching stop, UCF, among the top four.

He listed Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame for the first three spots, before having Ohio State ranked fourth ahead of UCF at No. 5 and Oklahoma at No. 6, according to USA Today.

Georgia was No. 7 on Frost’s ballot.

Ohio State is in the Big Ten where Frost currently coaches, and the Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the final CFP rankings. Oklahoma, meanwhile, rose to the fourth and final spot for the playoffs after winning the Big 12 title in a rematch over Texas as Georgia fell to No. 5 with a close loss in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama.

Other notable ballots were from Alabama coach Nick Saban, who placed his Crimson Tide at No. 2 behind Clemson, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who had the CFP’s third-ranked team Notre Dame slotted in at No. 6, Washington State coach Mike Leach, who ranked his Cougars No. 6 with Georgia (No. 7), Michigan (No. 8), Washington (No. 9) and UCF (No. 10) below them, and Florida’s Dan Mullen, who ranked UCF at No. 11 behind three three-loss teams.

Only two coaches ranked UCF at No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. They were Air Force’s Troy Calhoun and Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill.

Most coaches voted the Knights No. 6, 7 or 8.

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