UCF fans fund billboard challenging Alabama to a battle of national champions

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The UCF Knights finished the 2017 college football season with an
undefeated record, beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl 34-27 to move
to 13-0 on the year.

As the only team to finish the year undefeated, the Knights declared themselves
national champions, going as far as to raise a banner, hold a
parade, and send the team to Disney World to
celebrate.

Now that the celebrations are done and the team is looking
towards next season, they want Bama.

A group of Knights fans raised money online to pay for a
billboard in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, congratulating the
Crimson Tide on their win in the national championship and
challenging them to a home-and-home series with the AAC power
house.

Billboard in Tuscaloosa, UCF fans claiming responsibility (📷 by @travisreier) pic.twitter.com/P5D4HXOZrx

Knights fans are looking to strengthen the team’s schedule in
future seasons to ensure that they’re team can’t be left out of
the playoff should they run the table again in an upcoming
season. Per ESPN:

“We felt like this year’s team could run with anyone in the
country, and the Peach Bowl win [over Auburn]proved that,” said
Sean Barakett, who added that he contributed $100 toward the
campaign. “All we needed was a chance to play harder
opponents.”

Challenging Bama has long been a tradition of fans that believe
their team doesn’t get the respect it deserves on a national
scale, with signs reading “WE WANT BAMA!” seen at almost every
stop ESPN’s “College Gameday” makes throughout the season.

But UCF’s case for a home-and-home is stronger than most — the
team finished the season undefeated, and beat the only team to
beat the Tide in 2017 when they took down Auburn in the Peach
Bowl. Additionally, the Knights are undefeated all time against
Alabama, winning the only meeting between the teams in 2000,
40-38 in Tuscaloosa.

It’s still a long shot that Alabama would accept the offer, but
if Nick Saban and company want to prove themsevels champions
beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is likely as good an opportunity
as they’ll get.

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