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UCF football will continue to call itself the 2017 national champions, even unveiling a new banner Saturday to commemorate the undefeated season:
An excited fanbase at Spectrum Stadium cheered along before the start of the 2018 spring game.
The players were also awarded championship rings:
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The 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 2017 undefeated national championship ring. #ChargeOn https://t.co/RtLEqbgoKR
The Knights officially finished sixth in the final Associated Press poll last season, and they weren’t invited to compete in the College Football Playoff, but they completed the year with a 13-0 record, making them the only undefeated team in the sport.
As Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com noted, UCF athletic director Danny White had promised both banners and parades after considering the squad national champions of the sport. The team has already celebrated in a parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Although Alabama will go down in the record books as the official national champions of the 2017 season, UCF is doing fine in its own world.