On Tuesday, ESPN created some heated discussion about the national championship race by releasing its list of nine teams that, according to its analytics, still have a shot at winning the College Football Playoff.
No. 5 LSU was notably absent from the group, but the Tigers weren’t the only nationally relevant undefeated team that got snubbed.
Not only did No. 12 UCF not appear on the list, but ESPN analytics consider the Knights complete non-factors in the race even if they win every game this season.
Ok so I just put UCF into the Playoff Predictor and set it so that they win all of their games. Their chance to make the playoff remains .0.0 percent. Don't shoot the messenger … throw your darts at the schedule instead. https://t.co/veUEngkfAd
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) October 2, 2018
UCF fans should be used to this by now. The team went undefeated last year and claimed the AAC title but still finished just 12th in the final CFP rankings. The Knights then upended No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl, leading the school to claim a national championship.
After UCF’s showing in the bowl game, you’d assume the CFP committee would consider the Knights a little more than it did last year. UCF currently holds the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games, but its schedule remains the only thing holding it back from becoming a playoff spoiler.