UCF declares itself national champions, will hold a parade

Central Florida doesn’t mind a little Fake News. It’s not fake in their mind, anyway.

After UCF was left out of the four-team College Football Playoff and upset Auburn in the Peach Bowl, the school’s athletic director declared the undefeated Knights the national champions.

“We’re definitely getting a banner,” Danny White told 96.9 The Game on Wednesday. “We won a national championship and we’re going to treat it as such. These kids deserve that. Like other football programs do all across the country, you claim a national championship, you’re the only undefeated team in a season, we’re going to hang a banner.”

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers looks on in the first half against the UCF Knights during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Players on the UCF Knights sideline react in the first half of their game against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the first half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the first half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Nate Craig-Myers #3 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by Tre Neal #23, Richie Grant #27 and Kyle Gibson #25 of the UCF Knights in the first half during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Montavious Atkinson #48 of the Auburn Tigers reacts next to McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights in the first half during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: The playing field prior to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between the UCF Knights and the Auburn War Eagles at Mercedes-Benz stadium on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Tray Matthews #28 of the Auburn Tigers reacts in the first half against the UCF Knights during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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He added that a parade will also take place “hopefully this weekend” for the 13-0 squad.

The football team’s Twitter account remained on brand too, changing its name to “2017 National Champions.”

Of course, the actual CFP national championship game — sorry, UCF — will be between Alabama and Georgia on Monday at 8 p.m.

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