Throughout it’s 25-0 run, UCF has endured plenty of criticism from national media members, fans and opposing teams for its national championship claim and campaign to be included in playoff discussions.
But LSU’s Devin White offered some of the harshest criticism yet to media members ahead of the Knights’ game against the Tigers in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.
He referred to UCF’s championship claims as “one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen,” and went on to state that it was only a “media stunt.”
But the Knights are not taking the bait, and have remained focused on getting their 26th win in a row and becoming the first team to finish undefeated in back-to-back seasons in more than 20 years.
“I don’t really care. Everybody has a mouth for a reason, you know what I’m saying, so hey, it is what it is,” linebacker Nate Evans said. “We’re just here to do our job. I respect those guys. I know a lot of people on that team and I respect those guys, I respect them as student athletes. This game is gonna be really exciting, but I mean his comments, it went in one ear and went out the other.”
Wide receiver Gabe Davis is used to UCF being slighted and is looking forward to the debate being settled on the field on Tuesday.
“He has confidence in himself and his team just as we have confidence in ourselves and this team that we’re playing for,” he said. “…Guys are gonna obviously look down on us and look at us as if we’re not as good as we think we are, or we’re a little bit big-headed or something like that, but they’ll see what happens on Tuesday just like what happened last year.”