And people wonder why UCF's Boosters are rabid in their support of UCFAA, Inc. and its program? When UCF finally got serious about football, instead of running it as an independent with only $1-2M/year, and only 3-4 home games, the Boosters had their say. Grades come first, and no one questionable characters with criminal issues, or even attendance issues. Over 20 scholarships were yanked, and even Brandon Marshall was playing 'iron man' at DB to cover the lack of players. UCF went 0-11 that year, but the GPA went up a full point, and the arrests down 90% after 3 years. UCF football doesn't have the problems of Florida, FSU abd Miami. And that's why Florida hates UCF this decade. Unlike FSU, who is secluded, and Miami who had FAU and FIU like discipline problems, Florida's major market is Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel went from loving the Gators and insulting UCF, to constantly asking why Florida can't finish in the AP Top 25 (2010+) and even AP Top 10 (2013+), when UCF can with 1/10th the arrests and better GPA. That's why UCF Boosters are so rabid, because they support a clean program of role models. And they aren't afraid to kick kids off the team, even dozens, like after 2003, and again after 2014.
It is funny how too many people in the SEC think that was the biggest or most watched UCF game, or the highest ranked team UCF team. The Big XII got that lesson in 2013 as well, when UCF dominated their champion (never trailed, was literally pushing them around in the trenches). It's funny how the Big XII gained far more respect for UCF after that, than the SEC. Of course the Big XII record against the AAC isn't the greatest, or the ACC for that matter ... Let alone the PAC-12 who has lost all but 1 game to the AAC, in the last 7 since 2017.
And yet SDS is covering it.
Every year the AAC conference schedule and OoC games are considered the #5 or even #4 toughest schedule, higher than 1-2 'Power' conferences. You really think the ACC schedule is more difficult? Even ESPN's FPI -- which is biased towards P5 recruiting -- had UCF's 2017 SoS higher than Clemson's 2019.
That's not the indoor facility, which was the first of its kind in Florida. After FSU practiced in it last decade, they built their own. Lightning and inclement weather is a real issue in Florida, especially central Florida. That's why UCF built one, followed by FSU, and eventually Florida too.
Still obsessed with mentioning UCF at every turn.
Sorry, 'Dillon Gabriel.' I sometimes call him 'Doug Gabriel,' in reference to the 5th round NFL draft pick out of UCF in 2003, by accident.
It was over UCF's deep QB depth. UCF already had a walk-on, Jones (Fr -- SO next year) enter the transfer portal late this season for the same reason. UCF has three (3) QBs: - Doug Gabriel (Fr -- SO next year) - McKenzie Milton (RS Jr -- RS Sr next year, to be eval in Jan) - Darriel Mack Jr (RS So -- RS Jr next year) UCF used 2019 to change its entire office around Gabriel, with Milton and then Mack getting hurt. UCF last changed its offense in 2016, when Jason Holman (Sr, at the time) was hurt, and Milton (Fr, at the time) came in. Gabriel in his Freshman year looked far better than Milton did his Freshman year.
Why would anyone go to the ACC from the SEC?
Huh? USF was in shambles with Taggart came in a half-dozen year after "The Jim [Leavitt]." That said ... Taggart improved USF using the same approach as Leavitt ... high arrest rates and low graduation rates. Less than 10% of seniors at USF recruited by Taggart graduated from USF. That's right there with Leavitt's sub-10% too. That's why Charlie Strong kicked off 10 players later in 2018, and kicked more off during the off-season. Although USF is paying Strong as much as FSU did Taggart ... $5M/year.
UCF's Josh Heupel will cost FSU $10M Let me repeat that ... FSU paid Oregon $3M for Willie Taggart before his 1st season was concluded. FSU would have to pay UCFAA, Inc. 333% more if they want Huepel anytime before the conclusion of his 3rd season (2020), including the bowl game, so basically anytime before 2021. Yes, Heupel doesn't just have the highest buy-out of the "G5"** coaches by a wide margin, but one of the highest in all of college football. It's also one-way, UCFAA, Inc. doesn't owe Heupel the same if they fired him before 2021. They only owe Huepel 50% (Heupel has the same, after his 3rd season concludes). **"G5" includes the AAC, which has the 3rd most teams in the Top 25 (4) right now (and UCF is at #26 too, which would be a 5th team).
Nike designed the UCF ‘Space Game’ uniforms for the first time in 2017, after Aviation Week, in 2015 and again in 2016, named UCF the #1 provider of graduates to Aerospace & Defense. UCF is only getting bigger, so it’s likely 2019 will be the 5th year in a row (2015-2019) that UCF is #1.  Understand UCF was founded as Florida Technological University (FTU) in 1963 as an original ‘Space Grant’ university, and its campus was the prototype for Epcot, partitioned enough land to educate 50,000 and house a significant number of engineers. But with the economic change in the space program after the moon shot, FTU added more programs beyond engineering, hence the name change by the ’80s. Purdue, who is #5, and #1 in number of astronauts in NASA, is also a Nike school. Nike helped design them uniforms for their inaugural ‘Space Game’ this year, based on the UCF design.
It has been a night game in both 2017 and 2018. But ESPN sets the game times for the AAC. Top 15 SMU (undefeated) and Memphis (1 loss) are getting the Prime Time ABC treatment this week, as the game will likely decide the very strong West AAC division. Virtually all computer polls, even the historical Sagarin, have the AAC West higher than the entire ACC. Others computers based on just this season have the division ranked higher than one division of the PAC-12 and Big 10 as well. NCAA RPI has the AAC conference's strength-of-schedule (SoS) higher than one power conference as well (the Big 10).
It's freak'n hard to go undefeated, in any conference. And in the SEC, it's the most difficult, by a wide margin. Even against an unranked SEC team (okay, maybe not Arkansas)
UCF fan here... hold my beer (our whinny, newer fans are pulling the same on Heupel now, ignoring Frost's first year and his decisions to start the 'inexperienced QB')
Ummm... One of UCF's biggest selling points to a P5 are its academics.
The Orlando media since 2010 is why Gators hate UCF. UCF has fewer arrests in a decade than Florida has in a year. Unlike FSU, the Gators share a major media market with UCF, and haven't been #1 in it this decade. Mullen brought up the old Citrus Bowl 1-0-1 offer, which is called a '2-1 like USF' (so now 2-0-1), as a distraction. It didnt work for the local media, but it did for the national. Since UCF's and UF's ADs are family, that limited the public retorts.
The ACC and PAC-12 are not Power Conferences. Their SOS sucks and they both have losing records to both the AAC and MWC.
Florida fans have hated UCF since UCF finished Top 25 after 2010, and definitely when UCF finished Top 10 after beating 2x Top 10 teams in 2013. Unlike FSU, the main Gator media is Orlando, so the Orlando media put the screws to Meyer and others to stop having more arrests in a single year than UCF has in a decade - - especially since UCF kicks off anyone with a DUI arrest, don't even have to be charged, just arrested. And has only gotten worse as Mullen, like his predecesors. The Orlando media has become unrelenting, and the Gainesville media has joined them. Especially after the 2013 post Penn State interview where the Gainesville Sun reporter asked about the player who was arrested for a DUI. Everyone laughed and he didn't understand why. Another reporter had to tell him that O'Leary kicked him off the team a hour after he was released without charges, a full 2 days before the flight, along with, "Welcome to UCF football." That's why Gators hate UCF most, and why any time the arrests come up, the new destraction is to bring up the old Citrus Bowl offer of 1-0-1 (1 Swamp, 0 Bounce House, 1 Citrus Bowl) offer that Mullen has now morphed into a 2-0-1 'like USF.' The Orlando media saw right through it and continued to grill Mullen, but the National Media are it up. Both UCF and UF's ADs immediately got headaches, because they are family. In any case, UCF is now on QB#4 in 5 games, and he's non-mobile, forcing the offense to be changed. UCF still had a prolific offense, but it has execution issues in the redzone and the freshman has been turnover prone. Just like Milton was in 2016 too, although UCF will finish 9-3 this year. Florida has a great defense, and now that Franks is out, looks like a Top 5 team. Best of luck. Including with the Orlando media. :)
UCF is officially in an offensive rebuilding year as its had to scrap its playbook in only 5 games with 4 dollars ffetent, starting QBs going to USF last year. After losing 3 mobile QBs on Milton (injury), Mack (injury) and Winbush (ineffective, he took himself out after 1 game, is officially a WR), Heupel was left with the same situation Frost was in '16... change the offense around a true Freshman -- the QB#3 (#4 is you include Milton) out if camp -- and let him, and the O-line (which is beefy and experienced) he hasn't meshed with well -- struggle for the future. UCF was in the redzone 6 times against Cincy and came away with only 1 TD. Cincy glcame up with 2 picks in those redzone trips, plus 2 others. This was exactly like Milton in the first half of 2016, and even Mack had more fumbles and struggles in his first starts too. UCF has the talent on both sides of the ball to be the Top G5 program, but turnovers -- like the 2 to start versus Pitt (plus the blocked punt / kick 6) -- will beat the best programs. That's why UCF didn't have 40+ on Cincy, despite all those drives and redzone trips. It also helps that Cincy was a top 15 redzone D going into the game. Everyone is going to hate in UCF now, and that's fine. The timing was horrible for UCF, because major sports media analysts were singing UCF's praises when after being up on Stanford 38-7 at half-time, and blanking virtually all others in the first half as well. But UCF fans knew the second Mack was out, and Winbush was a dud that couldn't throw, that the offense would completely change with a non-mobile QB for the first time since Frost was confronted with losing all QB experience in 2016 as well. Heupel made the right call to not only go with the overlooked true Freshman (who committed to Army early, before offers from Georgia and USC) that broke the HS records of Tua, Marriota and Milton, but Milton himself has been the one pushing for Gabriel since before Heupel even recruited him. UCF will be just fine and will likely finish 9-3 with a loss to either Temple or Tulane. The AAC is the SEC of the G5, better than the Big East it was renamed from (sold the name to the Catholic-7, will retaining all records, sans basketball), as ESPN FPI shows. That's why the AAC has winning records against the ACC and PAC-12 (6-1 v. PAC-12 since 2017). Sure, some UCF fans are calling for Heupel's head and Gabriel to be benched now that Mack is back to almost 100%. But those same people did that with Frost and Milton in 2016,to the point that Milton almost transfered out, sans for Frost who dealt with the same at Nebraska his first year starting too. UCF is not going away, and if UCF should ever get a P5 invite... recruiting in Florida will really get a boost. But go ahead and hate in the little guy, especially since the PAC-12 counts the same NCAA 'Major Selectors' and UCF does. That's why the 'Power' moniker outside the SEC is a joke, especially as AAC and MWC teams continue to have winning records against ACC and PAC-12 teams.
Isn't that most of the P5 outside of the SEC these days? Everyone likes to compare UCF to Alabama or Clemson, or the AAC to the SEC ... but, purposely leave off the ACC, or the PAC-12 for that matter. We're at the point that the AAC has winning records against the ACC, and is 6-1 against the PAC-12 since 2017 for a reason. In any given year, 1-2 P5 conferences suck. So while it's laughable that UCF is Alabama or even a top 3 SEC team, and UCF is probably not Clemson, UCF could easily be a #2 team, or maybe even #1 team, in a P5 conference. UCF isn't just winning, it's dominating. 38-7 in the first half against Stanford, before UCF rotated in a lot of backups. The second UCF put starters back for its first, 4th quarter drive, UCF scored again, and quickly. The same happened against ACC Coastal Champion Pitt last year, no offensive TDs until the 4th quarter when UCF's 3rd team defense was in. They also didn't have even 100 yards rushing before then, and passing was even half their rush. Sure, many would argue that the top 3 SEC would easily dominate most of UCF's schedule. But the top 3 SEC would easily dominate 70% of the 'Power 5' schedules out there outside the SEC. UCF is doing what it can where it can. After all, UCF scheduled Stanford when they were AP Top 10, and Stanford still has the best record of anyone in the PAC-12 this entire decade. UCF can't guarantee a P5 is good when they play them. And they only get to schedule 2x P5s/year. Heck, Texas dropped a game v. UCF in Texas less than 2 years ago. Even away games are difficult for UCF, and UCF is offering neutral-only fields, like a kick-off game, and is getting no takers.
That you for recognizing that, especially since the AAC (and MWC) have winning records against the ACC, let alone PAC-12. No one is saying UCF is Alabama, or the AAC is the SEC. But this 'Power' BS is getting old when it comes to the ACC, PAC-12 and even Big XII (pre-2018, they didn't look as good).
Pitt's HC answered that last year.
And UCF destroyed Pitt last year, while Notre Dame struggled with Pitt. Pitt had less than 100 yards rushing, far less passing, and no offensive TDs until UCF's 3rd team D was in the 4th quarter. Even Pitt's HC commented on that, while ESPN talking heads were saying since Notre Dame beat the ACC Coastal Champion (Pitt), they deserved to be in. This is the hypocritical 'Power' world UCF lives in. Heck, even the PAC-12 claims Utah 2008 as a a NC with tg. Same logic as UCF 2017. Hypocrisy. No one is saying the AAC is the SEC, or UCF is Alabama. But people are now saying UCF has to scheduke Clemson as wins against Pitt don't count. And if Stanford goes 7-1 or 6-2 in conference, they'll excuse it, even though UCF's Davis was schooling Stanford's Abode who hadn't allowed a TD since week 9 last year. And if UCF destroys Pitt after Penn State 'squeaked by,' yet more excuses will be made. At some point, it's just total hypocrisy.
How can UCF join a real conference? ESPN isn't giving money like they used to. Stop saying something UCF has no control over! Also, unlike USF, UCF isn't wasting taxpayer money and paid for its own stadium, unlike FSU. It would be fiscally *deadly* for UCF to sign 2-0-1 deals and go down to 4-5 home games. This isn't the '90s any more when UCF spent only $1M on football, FSU used to waste taxpayer dollars, and ADs didn't gey fired for scheduling FSU 6 times and losing most of them, like LSU did. Stop barking 20th century suggestions that don't exist. Even Howard was complaining on Gameday for Stanford stupidly scheduling UCF, even if Stanford did I when the were Top 10. Ironically Howard was praising UCF last year for scheduling Stanford. The AAC has winning records against the ACC and 6-1 against the PAC-12 since 2017. What can UCF do when people like yourself are so oblivious?
UCF stopped doing 3-0-0 types with the SEC in the '90s. UCF dropped Florida to schedule Texas in a 2-1-0. Florida is still trying to say they offered a 2-1-0 when it was the Citrus Bowl that offered Florida to ask UCF fkr a 2-0-1. They would screw UCF financially too. The Citrus Bowl started the Alabama - UCF rumor to replace Louisville too. They start crap regularly, and love screwing UCF. This includes the 2-2-0 with Miami, and Citrus tried to make it 2-0-2. Meanehile, UCF offered Florida a 0-0-1, and Florida turned it down.
Indeed. It really should be 8 team. But that still won't be for many years. All the Boise and UCF fans want is a chance to prove themselves on-the-field. Frankly, I think the Big XII is going to implode, and half the league left our of re-aligment. So only 4 'Power' conferences will remain, for 4 spots. And that's how it will end.
The AAC and MWC are way ahead of C-USA, MAC and SunBelt who get destroyed in major bowls. Since 2013 (AAC's rename from the Big East, final tear of BCS), UCF (AAC) is 2-1 (1-0 BCS, 1-1 CFP), Houston (AAC) 1-0, Boise (MWC) 1-0 and WMU (MAC) 0-1 in NY bowls. The regular season records of the AAC and MWC versus the rest of the G5 is better than some Power Conferences too. The AAC's biggest problem is in the bowl season where coach staffs get raided by top Power programs. That's why AAC programs tend to stumble during bowl season as staffs are changed out. Although teans like UCF, Memphis and Houston are now paying up to $4M for head coaches, and total coaching budgets are over $5M and higher than 1/3rd of P5s (e.g., UCF outbid Syracuse for Frost), the assistant pay is still lower than the top 1/3rd of the P5.
UCF is the *only* NCAA FBS program that has *winning* records in *all* sports the last 2 years. Heck, UCF was 1 point away from making the Sweet 16 last year.