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Mine: Knight's Fall In A Close Contest
UCF splits title with CFP winner
Bianchi gonna cry in the car! lmao
Knights to win it all next year.
Florida Football Hit With Recruiting Sanctions.
Reptilenation, you don't think he'll gloss over ucf's loss by slamming UF in some way?
Defending National Champions upset in season finale.
mean old cougar hits a knight below the waist
National champs edged in controversial ending. Plans underway to file appeals to the NCAA!
Knights lose a squeaker to best team in the country as Gabriel shines.
Excuse me Mac, Trevor, Justin, Najee, and DeVonta ( intentionally leaves Trask out) but Zach Wilson and Dillon Gabriel put on an air show last night that we’ve not seen this year that showed why Gabriel should be ahead of all the above mentioned.
Gabriel, clearly the best QB in Florida, showed his future NFL skills in bringing his team all the way back before finally losing a hard fought 49-23 squeaker.
Mine: My Irrelevant Pet Team Got Obliterated but I don't Want to Talk About Anything Except the Team That Lost a Close SEC Championship Game to the Eventual Undefeated National Champions.
Subtitle: Pressure to Follow Pat and Robbie Increases
BYU Boca Bowl beatdown makes UCF a Group of 5 afterthought
By Mike Bianchi
With apologies to Simon and Garfunkel:
”Where have you gone, Paul Finebaum?
Knight Nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Don’t you miss Finebaum always talking about UCF?
And Kirk Herbstreit, too?
Ah, those were the days.
But, now, sadly, they’re talking about Cincinnati.
They’re talking about Coastal Carolina.
They’re talking about Liberty and Louisiana.
And after Tuesday night’s dominating, demoralizing 49-23 beatdown of UCF in the Boca Raton Bowl, they’re talking about 16th-ranked BYU and their phenomenal quarterback Zach Wilson.
After this humbling, humiliating defeat, the UCF Knights are now flying so far below the national radar, they are scraping the treetops. Here’s all you need to know:
There are currently seven Group of 5 teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 and none of them are UCF.
UCF, circa 2017-2018, may have blazed the trail for college football’s current Group of 5 revolution, but today’s Knights have never been so far off the beaten path.
That was evident Tuesday night when UCF’s perennially porous defense, depleted even further by bowl-game opt-outs like star safety Richie Grant and senior cornerback Aaron Robinson, got shredded by Wilson dropping dimes and tossing darts. How bad was it? Wilson tied his single-game career record with five total touchdowns — in the FIRST HALF!
This was billed as a showdown between Wilson and UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who came into the game as the nation’s second-leading passer. Instead of a showdown; Gabriel was a no-show. He completed just 21 of 45 passes for 217 yards in what was the worst performance in his two years at UCF. Such a showing will no doubt have many UCF fans bemoaning beloved quarterback McKenzie Milton’s recent decision to transfer to Florida State.
It was Milton who put UCF on the national map and propelled the Knights to the forefront of the College Football Playoff debate. Back then, though, it was UCF against the world, but now everybody who is anybody is talking about how unfair and inequitable the College Football Playoff is to undefeated Group of 5 teams such as Cincinnati. Herbstreit and Finebaum, who were once UCF’s biggest playoff detractors, now say it’s time to expand the four-team playoff to make the field more accessible and divergent.
“Our postseason is as bad as there is,” Herbstreit railed a few days ago. “We have got to figure out a system that opens up opportunities. Like right now, the season ends Jan. 12, I can already tell you in 2021, Ohio State’s coming out of the Big Ten. Clemson’s coming out of the ACC. Alabama’s coming out of the SEC. Is that healthy for the sport when 98 or 99% of the participants realize they don’t have a chance before the season starts? We’ve got to look at this 2020 year and realize that we have to tweak the system for the betterment of the sport. “
Added Finebaum: “The playoff needs to be expanded because otherwise it’s going to primarily be the same four every year. …
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BYU Boca Bowl beatdown makes UCF a Group of 5 afterthought
He should look to Rapeis for inspiration after the close loss against Oregon.
"Best team in Florida" suffers minor setback in upset loss
A 2* and a 3* opted out. Great excuse.
Mine and not Bianchi's...
The Knights Don't Have Any Clothes!
BOCA RATON BOWL BYU 49, UCF 23
By Matt Murschel Orlando Sentinel
BOCA RATON — As if UCF hadn’t suffered enough during this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year; the Knights saw their 2020 season come to an end with a 49-23 blowout loss to No. 16 BYU in the Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl Tuesday night.
It was the worst loss by a UCF team since falling 51-14 to Michigan on Sept. 10, 2016.
The Knights were shorthanded on defense, playing without several starters, including defensive backs Richie Grant, Aaron Robinson and Derek Gainous and defensive linemen Stephon Zayas and Landon Woodson.
Grant, who was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist, entered the game leading the team in tackles (72), interceptions (3) and fumble recoveries (2). Robinson led the team in pass breakups (7), while Gainous had 46 tackles in four starts. Zayas had nine tackles in four starts this season on the defensive front.
Divaad Wilson and Jon Powell earned their first starts of the season, while Jermaine McMillian stepped up in the absence of Grant, Robinson and Gainous.
With opt outs and off-the-field issues, UCF (6-4, 5-3 AAC) had to play 17 first-time starters this season, 12 of which were on the defensive side of the football.
BYU (11-1) jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead as quarterback Zach Wilson directed scoring drives of 87, 72 and 76 yards.
While the Cougars’ offense thrived, UCF’s stalled. The Knights managed just 71 yards during their first three drives that culminated in a punt, punt and turnover on downs.
It wasn’t until the fourth possession that the UCF offense gained some footing, putting together an impressive 15-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 5-yard Greg McCrae touchdown run. It was the longest scoring drive of the season that spanned 5:14.
But any momentum the Knights garnered during the drive dissipated quickly as Wilson directed back-to-back scoring drives to push the BYU lead to 35-7. Wilson was 17-of-21 passing for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
UCF kicker Daniel Obarski’s 35-yard field goal cut the lead to 35-10 at the half.
BYU picked up where it left off in the first half. The Cougars needed just 45 seconds to find the end zone, with running back Tyler Allgeier blowing past the UCF defense for a 39-yard touchdown run that extended the lead to 42-10.
Gabriel struggled much of the night, playing perhaps his worst game as a starter. The sophomore was 21-of-45 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. At one point, he had thrown eight incomplete passes as the offense struggled to find wiggle room against the suffocating Cougars defense.
Running backs Greg McCrae and Otis Anderson, playing in their final games, combined for 150 yards. McCrae scored a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It was his 10th touchdown this season and the 29th of his career.
Redshirt senior receiver Jacob Harris led the team with 67 yards receiving capped by a 21-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
BYU became the third team this season to amass more than 600 yards against UCF, joining Memphis (703) and USF (646).
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This one is pretty good by Matt M story above
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