good morning hokie nation! so as im sure most of you have heard by now UCF dawned themselves the national champions after winning the peach bowl over an auburn team that defeated both teams actually playing in the national championship today. UCF went as far as to have a parade celebrating their championship and the administration even paid all the coaches a national championship bonus (a group of coaches which are ALL I mean every single one of them, the whole staff, headed to Nebraska with scott frost). The reason I bring all this up is because ive spent the last 72 hours in Atlanta home of the national championship game surrounded by bulldogs and elephants.
I support UCF I coached a kid the last couple years in highschool that played for them this year maybe you've heard of him maybe you haven't ottis Anderson a true fresh that actually turned in a dang good year for the golden knights at slot/rb so anyways long story short yesterday I had a pretty full slate, me and my girl (whos currently in Atlanta for work as a state farm field adjuster) woke up at the crack of dawn and headed downtown to centennial park and the Mercedes Benz stadium for a 5k associated with the national championship. ill be the first to admit I did not pack well for this trip. the temp was something like 20 degrees when the run started at 8am. I was layered up with about everything I brought that I figured would be decent for running in, so I had on some nike tights and sweats and nike compression shirt a t-shirt and a UCF long sleeve t shirt on top. The run went pretty well I mean didn't break any records or anything but we had a good time and finished with a decent time considering neither of us run very often. After the run was over we hung out and went to the NC fan zone and tailgate central for the day, they have a ton of games and prizes and free give aways, concerts, and plenty of food and alcohol being served. it turned out to be a pretty good day despite the temp never getting over freezing all day.
Going into the weekend I was fulling hoping for a UGA beat down of nick sabans tide. 1 I don't think they should be there since they didn't even play for their conference championship and 2 ive just had enough of them winning and the entitled arrogance of everything the crimson tide put off. My feelings have since completely changed. I probably got about at a min and this is NOT an exaggeration 30 sarcastic high fives and congratulations on UCFs national championship from ONLY UGA fans, not one Alabama fan said anything to me. now maybe that's because they don't even care about the smalls schools and kinda just laugh it off on the inside like pshhhhttt why waste our breath with them I don't know. I didn't really respond much to the ribbing just kinda laughed it off and gave the old that's right national champs baby back. wasn't in the mood to get into anything with a bunch of drunk folks over a team that isn't even my team obviously im a hokie. But talking trash to someone about their "national championship" before you've won one yourself made me chuckle inside.
Whats everyones thoughts on this subject? should UCF have gotten a shot? ive had this debate and I do believe that the 4 BEST teams are in the playoffs and I don't honestly know how you can take bama out or if you would take someone out who it would be? Clemson lost to an unranked Syracuse but Kelly Bryant was hurt and they beat auburn who beat the 2 SEC teams that got in. OKLA lost to Iowa state but they ended up having a pretty decent seaon. UCF will never be a team that is at the top consistently enough to warrant a playoff bid based on pedigree but they premise of the playoff is the 4 best teams "this year" I don't see how the little guys will ever make the playoff no matter how good they actually are. me personally I think the playoff has to go to 8 teams. having 2 sec teams and one that didn't even play for the conference championship in the national championship is a debacle.
anyways... its a slow time the off season is already here I don't even know if ill toon into tonight but I wanted to share my experience and hear everyone's thoughts on the whole UCF national championship and the playoff picture and all things in between.