UCF has now finished their second straight undefeated season leaving fans wondering if they will finally have a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. The answer should be divided into what will happen versus what should happen.
What we do know is UCF will be the highest-ranked Group of Five team when the final rankings are unveiled since the Knights also won the conference title game. This means they are headed to their second straight New Year’s Six game and the third in program history. Given Oklahoma won the Big 12 title, the Sooners are likely to jump up in the rankings to secure the final playoff spot with Alabama, Clemson (if Tigers win ACC) and Notre Dame as the other three favorites to secure bids.
UCF needed Texas and Northwestern to win to likely have a chance at making the playoff. Since the Cotton Bowl has an agreement with the SEC and Big 12, UCF is likely headed to either the Peach or Fiesta Bowl. Given UCF played in the Peach Bowl a year ago, the Knights are likely headed to play in the Fiesta Bowl.
Knights fans may want a shot at Florida, but the committee has a bit of an unspoken agreement not to put two in-state schools against each other in a New Year’s Six game. This makes LSU or Washington State as the two most likely candidates to play UCF in a bowl game.
The committee will announce the final pairings beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday, December 2.
Source: Heavy Sports