Tom Sorensen

UCF, even at 13-0, never had a shot at college football playoffs, and it’s a travesty

The fact that Central Florida and linebacker Shaquem Griffin (18) didn’t get a shot at the college football playoffs should raise the hair on your neck.
The fact that Central Florida and linebacker Shaquem Griffin (18) didn’t get a shot at the college football playoffs should raise the hair on your neck. AP

The travesty of college football is that a very good team was denied the opportunity to prove how good it was. UCF finished the season undefeated, untied and unquestioned. It went 13-0 and beat Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

The Knights scored more points than Auburn had given up all season, and won 34-27.

The way the bowl system is set up, a team such as UCF will never have an opportunity to play for the title. In college football, there is no school such as Davidson. There is no Stephen Curry led team charging into the NCAA tournament and beating Georgetown and Wisconsin and almost, almost, almost beating Kansas.

Runs such as Davidson’s are what lift the basketball tournament. Along with good basketball, the Wildcats offered joy. Unless we were a fan of Georgetown or Wisconsin, we all shared in it.

I would like to have seen the Knights attempt to run though one of the chosen teams from a chosen conference.

Speaking of a chosen team from a chosen conference, the Georgia Bulldogs gave us everything a team can in their thrilling semi-final victory against Oklahoma. Man, they are fun to watch.

After I moved south, I remember the first time I stepped onto the Georgia campus. I walked from the hotel to Sanford Stadium, walked some more -- you do that at Georgia on game day – and watched football.

I found excuses to return to Athens, the best college town I’ve ever been in. It’s eclectic and alive and there’s nothing preppy about it. The impetus for the trips in part was to take back roads and avoid Atlanta, which seems perpetually surprised that on its freeways during rush hour there are cars.

At one point when I was standing on the Georgia campus I looked into the sky and asked, “Why wasn’t I told about this?” Must be a fantastic place to go to school. Roll (over the) Tide.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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