Cancel the College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tell President Donald Trump he can stay in Washington or play some golf next Monday. Alabama coach Nick Saban can have those precious five hours to recruit.
There’s already a national champion.
Central Florida, the unbeaten Peach Bowl champion fresh off victory against the one team that’s beaten both the Crimson Tide and Georgia, is calling itself national champion.
No, really. Check Twitter. There’s even a parade scheduled in Disney World, if you’d like to spend the cash you thought you’d save for a trip to Atlanta that won’t be necessary, after all.
This farce is well intentioned and, well, genius. On a day that would be typically reserved for Alabama-Georgia talk, the plucky Golden Knights (and their public relations department) has the sport’s focus.
Group of Five schools face an unenviable adversity. Except for, say, three days a year — the day one of the teams pulls an upset against a bigger school, on conference championship weekend and when the G5 representative plays in a New Year’s Six Bowl — there is no talk devoted to them. They toil away as little brothers to their Power Five superiors, jostling for attention they never get — especially from the College Football Playoff committee, which dropped or kept UCF in the middle of the rankings as it continued to win.
Central Florida’s getting the attention so craved by it and its fellow small schools.
Whether it means anything other than retweets and bonuses paid to men who now work at Nebraska remains to be seen.