Seriously, these guys are gonna carry that national championship torch longer than Tommy Tuberville has for the ’04 Auburn Tigers… and with as much chance at succeeding.
“I think the main thing the playoff committee is looking for is sustained success,” he said. “Alabama, sustained success. Georgia, sustained success. Clemson, sustained success. Alabama and Clemson have been in the playoffs all three years. I think they want to see teams be consistent, year in and year out. For us, we kind of came up out of nowhere, going from 0-12 to 6-7 to 13-0. I think if we sustain that success next year, going undefeated again, or maybe losing one game, it will matter. They want to see teams be consistent.”
UCF operates under an additional handicap, being located in Florida, home to such legendary programs as the University of Florida, Florida State and University of Miami.
Milton said eventually people will notice the product on the field.
“Look at the talent. Look at the film. They should consider us with those guys,” he said. “I think we were a better team than all three of them last year. We can compete with any of those guys. We have to keep working, keep recruiting good guys, guys who are going to buy in and stay true to what we’re doing.”
Brother, your team played Sagarin’s #72 strength of schedule last season, compared to Alabama’s #27, Clemson’s #4 and Georgia’s #6. Despite that, Alabama was first in total defense, Clemson was fourth, Georgia was sixth and Central Florida… was ninety-fourth. On the flip side, Oklahoma’s SOS was seventh and the Sooners finished ahead of UCF in total offense. (The Sooners were 67th in total defense, so better there, too.)
And Georgia’s “sustained success” was a one-year jump from an 8-5 season that saw the Dawgs come uncomfortably close to being embarrassed at home by an FCS team.
Look, I get that your team beat Auburn. I get that Alabama didn’t. But Clemson did and so did Georgia. In any event, that’s what’s great about college football: it’s more than a one-game season. Get that strength of schedule up 25-30 spots and then you can talk.