The College Football Playoff Rankings Committee has released their first official rankings of the 2018 season, and as expected, despite a 7-0 record; despite a 20 game win streak; despite being one of the four remaining undefeated teams in the land: UCF ranks outside of the top 10 at #12:
This ranking is six spots better than last year’s undefeated Knights had in the first set of CFP rankings, when they were ranked #18, behind the likes of #14 Auburn (6-2), #15 Iowa State (6-2), #16 Mississippi State (6-2), and #17 USC (7-2). However, much like last year, UCF is ranked below one double-loss team, #11 Florida.
This showcases how little AP and Coaches Polls matter in this day and age, if you didn’t know already. UCF came in 9th in both polls released on Sunday night, but are three slots lower in the CFP.
At this point, it’s going to take a bloodbath near the top of the rankings over the next couple of weeks along with the necessity to finish undefeated once again for UCF to get any true playoff consideration. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t matter how long your NCAA-leading winning streak is to the CFP: The top four spots belong to the Power 5, and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.