13-0. The perfect season for a major college football program and only one team in the nation will finish with a perfect record: No. 12 UCF.
With white and gold confetti bursting into the air at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday afternoon after the Knights’ 34-27 Chick-Fil-A Peach victory over No. 7 Auburn, the future state of UCF football couldn’t seem any brighter despite the departure of Scott Frost now heading to his alma mater Nebraska.
The questions everyone around the country now have since the Knights have upset the Tigers is can the program sustain its success? Can UCF return to a major bowl game on New Years Day 2019?
New head coach Josh Heupel will certainly have his hands full figuring out how to continue keeping the Knights in the conversation of top programs in the land, but Frost has certainly laid down the foundation to keep something good going in Orlando. The former Missouri offensive coordinator, who accepted the UCF head coaching job in early December, will continue the Knights’ uptempo style of play and the cupboard of offensive skill players is abundant.
Starting off with the Peach Bowl’s Most Outstanding Player McKenzie Milton, who threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns against an Auburn defense that held No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama to a combined 544 yards of total offense. The Knights racked up 411 yards and some would call it one of UCF’s sloppier offensive games of the season. Milton going 3-of-17 for 30 in the first half and bouncing back with 212 passing yards in the second half was impressive.
Throw in Milton has some solid skill players around him in speedy running backs Adrian Killins Jr., Otis Anderson, along with wide receivers Tre’Quan Smith, Dredrick Snelson and they formed the country’s most potent offense.
The opportunistic defense, led by linebacker Shaquem Griffin, has loads of talent back for the 2018 season and it’ll all start up when UCF travels on the road to face North Carolina on Sep. 15 at Chapel Hill.
New challenges lie ahead for Heupel and the Knights, but nothing can take away the moment that was in Atlanta this past weekend of an undefeated season. Could the Knights have played with the like of Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma? We will never know. Griffin stated after the game that the coaches asked the players to win and they won every single contest laid out in front of them. 13-0.
The dream season chapter closes and the road to 2018 begins and future has never looked better for UCF football.