The UCF Knights stayed at 12th in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings, belying their one-spot drop in the Coaches’ and AP Polls earlier this week.
Weird flex but pic.twitter.com/ELmrYPrvSs— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) November 7, 2018
The undefeated Knights remain behind two SEC teams with two losses, #11 Kentucky and #7 LSU, who just got shut out at home by #1 Alabama.
In addition, Auburn, with its 6-3 record, jumped into the Top 25, just in time to play Georgia and give the Dawgs a CFP top-25 win, potentially. Washington, also with three losses, checked in at #25, despite a loss to Auburn earlier this year.
Meanwhile, no teams in The American are ranked, and only one other Group of Five team, Fresno State, is ranked as well.
In another curious coincidence, Oklahoma moved up one spot to #6 despite giving up 46 points to 5-4 Texas Tech. Meanwhile, UCF, who gave up 40 to 5-4 Temple, didn’t move.
And, when interviewed, Rob Mullens, the chair of the CFP Committee, said this about UCF:
College Football Playoff chair Rob Mullens on UCF and the eye test:— osknights (@osknights) November 7, 2018
“Obviously, they have a powerful offense. ... You could see the defensive struggles, they gave up close to 700 yards of total offense to Temple. Strong offense, struggles on defense.”
SOAPBOX WARNING: Frankly, this sets up a situation where the CFP Committee has given itself license to just do what it wants, give credit to teams above UCF for Top-25 wins, and not give the Knights any ammunition to move into the top ten, let alone top four.
And if the “Eye Test” applies to UCF, then surely it must apply to Oklahoma, but apparently it doesn’t.