Alabama star finally has enough of UCF's claim to 'real' national yitle


The University of Central Florida’s claim that they are the real national champions of college football has gone about far enough for Alabama running back Damien Harris — a member of the actual national champions, Alabama.

Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime on Jan. 8 to win the College Football Playoff Championship.

Meanwhile, UCF beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day, 34-27, to finish a perfect 13-0 season. However, they weren’t selected to be part of the four teams in the College Football Playoffs, so they couldn’t become national champs.

Instead, the Knights had to settle for being ranked No. 6 in the final college football poll.

But UCF has not been shy about saying they, and not Alabama, are the real national champions.

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They had a parade through Disney World.  They even changed their Twitter handle to “2017 National Champions.”

And at Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, they were honored for their perfect season by the NFL.

That was about enough for Harris, the junior who rushed for 1,000 yards this past season.

“These pictures are live! Where can I find one with y’all holding the trophy?” he responded to a UCF tweet on being honored by the NFL.

“I been silent too long lol,” Harris followed up.

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UCF actually did get a trophy …

… but it’s not quite the same as the one Alabama got.

The Twitter battles between the two fan bases have been pretty entertaining.


And they probably won’t stop for awhile.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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