Forget about Florida State vs. Florida, at least for this season. Friday's game between unbeaten UCF and 9-1 South Florida is the hottest ticket in the state this weekend, with implications for the Group of 5 spot in a New Year's Six bowl.
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AAC commissioner Mike Aresco is unhappy that unbeaten UCF finds itself ranked behind three-loss Mississippi State in this week's College Football Playoff rankings.
There's a 59 percent chance the Knights will finish 12-0 according to FPI, but only a 3 percent chance they'll make the playoff if that happens, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Despite rolling to a victory, Clemson fell to No. 3 in this week's CFP rankings, switching spots with No. 2 Miami. Oklahoma remains at No. 4, while top-ranked Alabama readies for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Big week in Orlando. The USF-UCF winner goes to the American Athletic Conference championship game.
UCF coach Scott Frost shot down a Friday report that he was "close" to a seven-year deal worth $35 million with his alma mater, Nebraska, telling reporters after Saturday's win over Temple, "I can promise you that no decision has been made."
McKenzie Milton threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 14 Central Florida comfortably took care of business against Temple, winning 45-19 Saturday to stay unbeaten heading into a showdown with rival USF.
FPI: Knights hold edge over Owls
UCF is one of four remaining unbeaten FBS teams (Alabama, Miami, Wisconsin) and, according to FPI, has the best chance among those teams to enter the bowl season undefeated (49 percent). The Knights' nine-game winning streak is tied for their longest since joining the FBS in 1996.
The Knights' dominant 40-13 win over Memphis served notice that UCF is a team to reckon with in the American.
The U is back in the national title conversation, as Miami moved up to No. 3 in the CFP rankings, checking in ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma but behind Alabama and Clemson.
UCF will visit Temple next Saturday in advance of its highly-anticipated regular-season finale at home against USF on Black Friday.
Otis Anderson rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns, McKenzie Milton passed for 311 yards and No. 14 Central Florida pulled away from UConn for a 49-24 victory on Saturday.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
UCF is undefeated but No. 18 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Coach Scott Frost was asked Thursday whether he thought the committee had even watched UCF play. "I'm not going to say much about that," Frost said. "We just have to take care of our business. Any time it becomes people's opinions, I think it gets a little dangerous. I wouldn't complain for us. The teams I feel bad for are the Wisconsins and Miamis. As a football player, all you can do is beat the people they put in front of you. If you're undefeated, that's undefeated and that means a lot. I hate to see people's opinions have more emphasis put on them than the record on the field. But from our standpoint, we just have to take care of business and a lot of good things are headed our way."
The last time anyone saw college football's least-loved trophy, it was sitting by itself, in the rain, at UConn, abandoned by its "winners" at UCF. Since then, the creator of the trophy, Bob Diaco, has been fired by UConn and the trophy is still missing.