(ORLANDO) — The University of Central Florida plans to raise a championship banner at its football stadium after the team finished the season 13-0 — despite not being a part of the College Football Playoff.
The Knights ended their year with a 34-27 win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Since then, the football program has changed its Twitter display name to “2017 National Champions,” complete with a matching logo.
UCF was ranked #12 in the country entering bowl season, despite its spotless win-loss record.
The school’s athletic director Danny White told ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Tuesday that there is a parade planned for the team.
“If you take the long view of the history of college football, there’s an awful lot of national championships being claimed by universities that didn’t accomplish what we accomplished this year in those respective seasons so we feel we’re more than justified to claim our first national championship, and we think it’ll be the first of many,” White told ESPN.com.
White added that he doesn’t believe UCF’s players should be penalized because the College Football Playoff committee didn’t choose them to play in the Playoff.
UCF is the tenth team since 1998 to finish the year undefeated and not win the national title. The last team to do so was Ohio State in 2012, but the Buckeye were ineligible for postseason play.
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