Legislation that would declare the University of Central Florida Knights as 2018 college football champions — at least on the back of Florida vehicles — has been filed in this year’s Legislature.
The designation doesn’t come with a championship trophy, but rather a Florida specialty license tag.
The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Jamie Grant, R-Tampa, and Rep. Guillermo Smith, D-Orlando, a UCF graduate.
“As a UCF alumnus representing Florida House District 49, the “UCF District,” I am incredibly proud of our national champions,” said Guillermo Smith. “A UCF license plate is the perfect way to commemorate our undefeated Knights for achieving this historic milestone.”
UCF finished the college football season with a perfect 13-0 record with one of those wins coming against the Auburn Tigers. Auburn defeated Alabama in the regular season. Alabama went on to play and beat Georgia in the NCAA’s official national championship game.
Therefore, according to UCF supporters, the Knights should be crowned champs, even if it’s just on a specialty license plate.
“Nobody wanted Auburn to beat UCF more than me,” said Rep. Grant, an Auburn University graduate. “However, UCF beat the team who beat the team also claiming to be national champions — Alabama — a team with a long history of making up national championships.”
UCF alum and state Rep. Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater, signed on as a cosponsor to the legislation.
“UCF’s football team had a historic season this year,” said Rep. Latvala. “No others went undefeated, and we have a legitimate claim to the national championship. Thank you to Representative Grant for adding this amendment. Charge On!”