Palm: UCF "A Great Story, But Not A Playoff Team"

UCF is going for its 25th straight win Saturday

Tiki and Tierney
November 29, 2018 - 7:16 pm

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No. 8 UCF (11-0) is vying for its 25th consecutive win Saturday, but even if the Knights beat Memphis (8-4), they’re not sniffing the College Football Playoff – nor should they, Jerry Palm says.

“They’re a great story, but they’re not a playoff team,” the CBS Sports college football and bracketology expert said on Tiki and Tierney. “There isn’t a path for them to get to the playoffs. It just doesn’t exist. At the end of the year, they’re going to play a 13-game schedule, and none of those 13 teams are going to be in the final rankings. That’s just not going to get it done.”

UCF’s best win came at home over then-No. 24 Cincinnati on Nov. 17. The Knights beat the Bearcats (10-2), 38-13 with College GameDay in the house.

Doesn’t matter. The Knights don’t have the schedule to justify a spot in the top four.

“We’re going to have to find a way – whether it’s in your conference or out of your conference – to play some top-caliber competition,” Palm said. “I realize it’s easier said than done, but you can tell before the season starts who’s got the talent to go undefeated and who’s got the schedule to get the committee’s attention. Most years, that’s not going to happen.”

As for the fourth and final playoff spot, Palm gives a major edge to No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1) getting in over No. 6 Ohio State (11-1).

“If Ohio State had been ahead of Oklahoma, you could see possibly a chance for Oklahoma to jump them after the championship games because they’re playing a better opponent than Ohio State is,” Palm said. “Well, Ohio State is already behind Oklahoma and playing someone who’s not as good.”

Indeed, Oklahoma plays No. 14 Texas (9-3), while Ohio State plays No. 21 Northwestern (8-4).

“If they both win, the only chance for Ohio State to jump Oklahoma would be to just annihilate Northwestern and they’re so overwhelming that they can’t be ignored,” Palm said. “But I don’t think that’s the case like it was the first year when they beat Wisconsin 59-0. Northwestern hasn’t played a single game this season – win or lose – with a scoring margin of greater than 14.”