UCF to host national championship celebration in downtown Orlando

Charlie's Inside Corner January 5

Charlie's Inside Corner January 5

The Knights will become the first undefeated team since Florida State in 2013 and will be the first undefeated team that was eligible for the postseason to not win the national championship since TCU went 13-0 in 2010 but failed to make the title game because of undefeated Auburn and OR teams.

"We feel strongly that our football team is a national champion", White said on Orlando's 96.9 The Game Wednesday.

UCF was ranked No. 12 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings, with six of the teams ahead of it having at least two losses.

A parade only lasts a couple of hours and you can change your Twitter bio with a few keystrokes, but UCF is about to make its claim permanent.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the city, the Downtown Development Board and UCF will host a free National Championship Celebration block party on Church Street on Monday evening.

UCF President John C. Hitt called the school's "undefeated, national champion Knights" an "inspiration" after they "created a defining moment for UCF".

"We have been winning and expect that to continue", White said. He first posted billboards after the American Athletic Conference title game hoping to inspire the selection committee to include UCF in the playoff, and he chose to follow up with a push for a national title.

UCF coach Scott Frost, who turned the Knights from winless to undefeated in just two years, said after the Peach Bowl that he felt there was a "conscious effort" from the 13-member committee to keep UCF out of the top 10.

And they'll even be holding a championship parade. The family-friendly event will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday and will include a pep rally, a national championship celebration and "much more", according to the release. "Undefeated." Then, he's announced that the Knights will hang a national championship banner at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando. He might as well make the most of an undefeated season while he can.

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