JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The University of Central Florida's football team may not be playing in the national title game, but they're national champions, according to a proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Scott.
The Knights remained undefeated all season long, posting a 13-0 record and toppling the Auburn Tigers 34-27 in the Peach Bowl on New Year's Day.
The Tigers beat both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide -- the two teams playing each other Monday night for the national championship.
In light of that, the governor signed a proclamation Monday recognizing UCF for their perfect record and declaring them national champions.
“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 part. "By having a perfect season and beating the only team that defeated both Alabama and Georgia this season, the UCF Knights are clearly champions."