UCF: Next BCS-buster program?
Published: Sunday, February 6, 2011
Updated: Sunday, February 6, 2011 16:02
I was looking over the top 50 signing day classes over the weekend and I noticed a couple of schools were missing.
I didn't see Big East champion UConn. I didn't see BCS-buster Boise State. I didn't see USF.
But I did see an unfamiliar set of letters: UCF.
I also saw another unfamiliar sight: Miami didn't crack the top 30. Miami — "Tha U" — got out-Miami'd by UCF. While neither school had a five-star recruit, the Knights had more four-star recruits, twice as many signings, and dominated in the area that the 'Canes have always owned: in-state recruiting.
For the first time ever in Florida's rich college football history, UCF has a top-3 recruiting class.
Maybe the Big East needs UCF more than UCF actually needs the Big East.
Sure, it would be really nice if the Knights could get into an automatic-qualifying conference, but just in case that doesn't happen, it's not the end of the world. UCF doesn't need to be in an AQ conference to work their way into the national spotlight. The Knights are on their way with a combination of last season's success and their top-notch recruiting class.
"The exposure that UCF got from the national TV and bowl games helped," said head coach George O'Leary in a release.
TV exposure definitely helps. So do top-notch athletics facilities that feature the only indoor practice facility in the state. So do luxurious student-athlete housing.
"It's a great testimony to our ability to attract the attention of people out west," O'Leary said. "Then UCF sells itself once people come on campus and see what's available to them here."
Is UCF going to become the next BCS-busting program, such as Boise State, Utah or TCU? Only time will tell.
But in order for UCF to become the next BCS buster, they need to keep winning (even if they only have the chance to play in mediocre bowl games) and keep out-recruiting other top-flight programs.
And maybe paint their field gold.