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Back-to-Back? Knights Staying Silent on the Topic of National Title Repeat

Some LSU players say that UCF is coming for a second national championship in the Fiesta Bowl. The Knights aren’t thinking that far ahead.

UCF Knights Football national champions
The UCF football team crowned itself national champions immediately following last season’s Peach Bowl. If any Knight is imagining a similar scene after a win in next week’s Fiesta Bowl, they aren’t talking about it.
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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — LSU’s motivation for the Fiesta Bowl has been a topic of conversation all week in the desert, especially considering the apparent lack of motivation that their SEC brethren the Auburn Tigers had when they faced UCF in the 2018 Peach Bowl.

You can probably file this quote directly into the “Whatever motivates” folder, but here’s what senior LSU tight end Foster Moreau said about the Knights on Friday:

“These guys are playing for a national championship in this game. So, if we don’t come to play, we’re remiss. We’re lost. We shouldn’t be here if we don’t come to play.”

On Saturday, junior linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. said Moreau is right; the Knights are trying to become national champs again in next week’s Fiesta Bowl.

“I really believe that,” Divinity said. “Every team they played, they played them great.”

Do the Knights believe that another national title awaits them?

Perhaps the better question is, given the pure uncertainty of that notion, do they care?

It’s a hard no.

“That’s stuff for the media to decide and everybody else in the world,” senior defensive end Titus Davis said. “We’re just playing to go 1-0 again. How we feel about the game is everybody wants to win each game, and this is our last one.”

To play with our brothers. To send the seniors out victorious. To go 1-0. That’s on what the Knights have their sights set. They’ll leave any mention of a championship repeat to the masses.

“I’ll let all the other people be worried about [any national championship talk] because it’s not our place. It’s not our decision as players,” senior linebacker Pat Jasinski said. “We’re in this game and we’re excited about it. We’re going to go out and execute and give it our all because it’s the last one with this group. I think that’s what we’re focused on, not all this other big-picture noise on the outside.”

Sophomore safety Richie Grant probably put it best with this succinct response:

“UCF wants to win. Period.”