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Monday, January 22, 2018

UCF Football National Champs - Yes!


Also read our previous post to get some idea of how the Knights got to 13-0.
Not by chance, but by hard work and superb teamwork.

UCF surely could have beaten any team in FBS, surely not every game day, but the Knights did beat all comers in the 2017/2018 season.

Could Central Florida have beaten the Crimson Tide?

Absolutely, and of course not every game day out of ten matches, but the relatively weaker Alabama offense would have found it difficult to match the UCF scoreboard point total, while their top defense is circa on a par with Auburn, who nevertheless lost to UCF, giving up 34 points. By contrast, the Tigers' defense held 'Bama to just 14 points.

Of course, the playoffs should have given UCF a chance to win on that playoff basis, but the "pro-big-conference-skewed-system" failed. Four teams are too few. How can Division I FCS, Division II and Division III all manage to conduct full playoffs, while Division I FBS fails?

By contrast, UCF did not fail.

National champs?

In our eyes, yes, among other things beating the team that beat both playoff finalists in the first matchups regular season. Rematches in our opinion are just that.

We are Gus Malzahn fans, but the social media and surely playoff committee thinking that the Tigers could "dust 'em'" was totally wrong about UCF team strength. The Knights were far better than most anyone had expected.

Winners are determined on the field, not in playoff committees.

Alabama retains the title of Playoff Champion, nothing more,
since that playoff is not an official NCAA championship,
the only such limited title of its kind in college sports.
Should that be corrected?

Yes, of course.
But don't expect the NCAA slowpokes to do it this season.
It takes time for people to accept the inevitable realities.

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Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
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    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
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    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
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