TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The College Football Playoff championship game is still hours away, but a national champion has already been proclaimed.
Governor Rick Scott issued a proclamation Monday declaring the University of Central Florida as the 2017 college football national champions in Florida.
According to the proclamation, the Knights are deserving of the national championship honor because they are the lone undefeated team in Division I and they defeated Auburn in the Peach Bowl after Auburn previously defeated both Alabama and Georgia, the two teams vying for the CFP championship.
“Florida is home to the country’s best college football, and this season, UCF proved to the world that they can beat any team,” Scott said in a release. “By having a perfect season and beating the only team that defeated both Alabama and Georgia this season, the UCF Knights are clearly champions. I wish both teams good luck tonight in Atlanta. Charge On.”
Prior to the proclamation, UCF had already begun declaring itself the national champions and even held a parade Sunday at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando.