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UCF AD Danny White Calls College Football a 'Subjective Popularity Contest'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2018

Central Florida's Darriel Mack Jr. (8) runs the ball during the second half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina, in Greenville, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. UCF won 37-10. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
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UCF has won 20 straight football games, the longest streak in the nation. The Knights were held out of last year's College Football Playoff and have next to no chance of making it this year—even if they again run through the regular season undefeated.

UCF athletic director Danny White has had enough of the disrespect. White tweeted a statement Sunday night that criticized the sport's "subjective popularity contest," bemoaning the fact that rankings are not settled on the field.

"College Football has become a subjective popularity contest," White said. "The Knights represent all of the teams whofor reasons of history, geography or politicsare left out of the club. These factors will not define our bright future. Our student-athletes don't want anything given to them ... they just want a chance."

White's frustration came after a segment on ESPN's College Gameday in which Kirk Herbstreit was dismissive of the Knights' chances.

"Why are we focusing on just UCF when it comes to the Power Five?" Herbstreit asked. "Because I think there are other teams out there that are as deserving or more deserving."

He continued:

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"You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four; you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper, which is what you want to look at a lot of times, are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF."

The latest Associated Press poll includes six one-loss Power Five teams ahead of 10th-ranked UCF. The first College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled Oct. 30, at which point the Knights will get a better understanding of where they stand nationally.

With Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all undefeated, UCF stands little to no chance of making the top four. The Knights will need losses by at least two of that trio, as well as a few of the one-loss teams ahead of them dropping a second game.

UCF never got higher than 12th last season in the CFP rankings. If the same pattern follows this season, the Knights wouldn't even get into a fictional eight-team playoff.

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