Once again despite an undefeated season, the Knights of Central Florida are the only team without a loss on their 2018 schedule, plus a win in their conference championship game not to be headed to the College Football Playoffs. That honor will go to Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
UCF joins Ohio State, and Georgia on the outside looking in. Despite sporting the nation’s longest winning streak and two American Athletic Conference titles they are settling for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
Here is what the media saying about football’s Final Four.
On Oklahoma being ranked No. 4, ahead of Georgia and Ohio State, which were ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
Kirk Herbstreit: “The committee has said that two losses is too much to overcome. Not being a conference champion is too much to overcome. This is a historical moment as far as evaluating the committee because the eyeball test, to me, clearly Georgia is a top 4 team.”
Jesse Palmer: “Georgia looked like one of the four best teams… a more complete team than Oklahoma.”
Chris Fowler: “[It’s] interesting that Georgia landed between two conference champions… You went with the team who won a conference championship and not a team the football people in the room thought would win head-to-head. The status quo regarding two-loss teams not getting in has been maintained.”
Chris Fowler: “Different criteria is applied when it is convenient. The results [of the season] have to matter… and they have to matter a lot. If the best thing you can say about Georgia is that they played Alabama really, really tough, that is not enough for me.”
Paul Finebaum: “Georgia is among the four best teams. We are going to penalize them for losing to the best team.”
Joey Galloway: “You know who wanted Georgia get in? Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia and Alabama would have been a physical game.”
On No. 2 Clemson
Jesse Palmer: “The fact [Clemson] got here with a true freshman quarterback is one of the greatest stories in my 12 years covering college football at ESPN. I played as a true freshman and I can tell you, it’s incredibly humbling. It’s very easy to struggle.”
Kirk Herbstreit: “Clemson keeps their foot on the accelerator despite all the success.”
On No. 3 Notre Dame
Kirk Herbstreit: “I don’t think Notre Dame plays a system or style that is conducive to blow people out and impress you in terms of saying they are better than ‘this team’ or ‘that team’. They [just] play great football.”
David Pollack: “Notre Dame lacks the elite, echelon playmakers. But when you start to poke holes, there aren’t many. They’re solid across the board. There aren’t glaring weaknesses.”
David Pollack: “This is a better Notre Dame team (than 2012); this is a more skilled Notre Dame team… Their passing game vs. Clemson’s secondary will decide the ball game. Nobody’s going to line up and pound Clemson…but they have a chance to keep the game close.”