3. The Most Overrated Thing Was …
Pitt 35, UCF 34
The Pitt victory over UCF was simply a fabulous football game. However, considering the way the College Football Playoff system is currently set up, the win didn’t have any greater meaning like many had suggested.
It was a big deal because UCF hadn’t lost a regular season game since dropping the 2016 date with USF. Over a span of 27 straight non-bowl games, the Knights managed to win, win, and win some more.
They shocked Auburn for the 2018 Peach Bowl, hung around with LSU in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, destroyed Stanford 45-27 two weeks ago …
And they weren’t going to come anywhere near the College Football Playoff no matter what happened against Pitt.
It became a talking point on social media and among the talking heads on the various studio shows that UCF’s playoff hopes ended because it lost on the “Pitt special” play at the end.
In a year with Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU – and on a second-level, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Notre Dame and Florida – all still around and looking dominant against other Power Five programs, it was going take nothing short of a miracle for UCF to finish up in the top six this year in the final CFP rankings, much less the top four.
This isn’t about whether or not UCF, or any Group of Five program, should be in the College Football Playoff discussion if it goes unbeaten. This is about how the system isn’t there for UCF, Boise State, Appalachian State, or any GOFer to have an honest shot. To suggest otherwise – like, if UCF had beaten Pitt 45-14 like it did last season – is just false.
A win would’ve created more of the same discussions, and the same fights, and the same frustrations, only to end up with four Power Five programs in the College Football Playoff.
Should the CFP expand to six or eight teams and automatically include the top-ranked Group of Five champion? Absolutely. Does a Group of Five program currently have a realistic shot to get in without an expanded field or a mandated spot? Nope.
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