If you’re tired of the 2017 National Champions banners and license plates, and the boasts of being “the team that beat the team that beat the teams,” it could get worse later this year. According to ESPN’s analytical projections, UCF, the woe-is-me program with the little brother complex in the state, is ready for another resurgence that is if college football returns in 2020.
The Knights have a better chance of making the College Football Playoff than any team in the state, including the Florida Gators, who, realistically, are the only team with a chance of making the CFP in the state this season.
UCF is 12th in the country when it comes to teams most likely to reach the playoff with a 10 percent chance, according to the playoff predictor. Just below UCF, at No. 13, is Florida with an 8 percent chance. Both have a 1 percent chance of winning the whole thing.
This does not mean UCF is a better team than the Gators. In fact, the Football Power Index released this week has Florida No. 12 and UCF No. 14, which is the highest the FPI ever has ranked the Knights. The previous high was 37th.
What it means is everything considered – conference, schedule, strength of opponents, previous slights, whining fan bases, football being deemed an essential business by the governor – the chances of the perfect storm happening for UCF are greater than everything falling into place for Florida.