UCF is self-promoting themselves as national champions and former UCF head coach Scott Frost isn’t behind the school’s initiative.
“I completely get behind their argument,” Frost said, according to USA Today Sports. “I do think it was almost criminal how low they kept UCF in the rankings, and I think it was intentional. But at the end of the day, the playoff system is that the national champion is the team that wins the playoff.”
UCF had a national championship parade at Walt Disney World, unveiled a “2017 National Champions” banner before their spring game and gave their players national champion rings, finishing last season No. 12 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 6 following their bowl victory in The Associated Press’ postseason rankings.
Frost left UCF to take the head-coaching position at Nebraska and brought his entire staff with him.
“All I’ll say is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it,” Frost continued. “I think it was smart by them, because it has kept UCF in the media and in the conversation. But you know, like our rings, I kind of wish my ring just said ‘Undefeated Season’ and ‘Peach Bowl Champion.'”