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Nick Saban respects UCF but not 'self-proclaimed' national champions

Nick Saban respects UCF but not 'self-proclaimed' national champions”

But they were left out of the playoff and went on to beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

Central Florida was quick to make national champion claims, going as far as hanging a championship sign inside Spectrum Stadium and the university gave the football team championship rings before the Knight's spring game.

The college football analyst responded today to Nick Saban's comments on UCF's "national championship".

Later Wednesday afternoon, Smart appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show and revealed that some Alabama fans needled the Georgia coach with references to "second-and-26", which was the situation when Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith against the Bulldogs in the National Championship Game in January.

Saban said he has a "tremendous amount of respect for their team and what they were able to accomplish", in the USA Today story. "I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything". Heck, even Alabama claimed national championships decades and decades ago. Saban was asked about that by USA Today Sports. "But self-proclaimed is not the same as earning it. At the end of the day, the Playoff system is that the national champion is the team that wins the Playoff".

Now, it's Saban who is weighing in on UCF's claim of a national championship and heaping a big ole pile of shade in their direction in the process. He's the king of the sport as the greatest football coach in college football history, so I don't know he has to concern himself with this.

"Not sure how you can say you "earned" a national title when you didn't win your conference and were GIFTED an invitation to the CFB Invitational". I imagine that won't sit well with the UCF faithful in Jacksonville, but I don't think Saban cares.

"We've only had one undefeated team, and that is really hard to do", Saban said.

I know UCF would jump at the opportunity, but they wouldn't like the outcome because they'd likely get stomped and lose 49-10.



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