"If you take the long view of the history of college football, there's an awful lot of national championships being claimed by universities that didn't accomplish what we accomplished this year in those respective seasons, so we feel we're more than justified to claim our first national championship, and we think it'll be the first of many", UCF athletic director Danny White told ESPN.
Former UCF Knights coach Scott Frost might now be with the Nebraska Cornhuskers now, but that doesn't mean his former team's exclusion from the College Football Playoff doesn't still bother him.
College football needs to allow for the "Cinderella" aspect that fuels the NCAA basketball tournament. UCF was ranked No. 12 in the committee's final rankings.
According to Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com, Frost was initially turned away when he tried to join the media for the pre-game meal.
"There were a couple times at Oregon when we were playing USC and Stanford in week 11, and Alabama was playing Georgia Southern and Western Carolina", Frost said. A matchup with Alabama, on a neutral field, would be a totally different scenario for the Knights.
The celebration will include a pep rally and a ceremony for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to give the Knights the key to the city. He, like nearly everyone else, knows the title won't be won until Monday night.
"It wasn't right", said Frost.