The advent of the College Football Playoff was created in part to do away with split national champions which happened every now and then during the BCS Era and throughout college football history.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who guided UCF to an undefeated 2017 season, told USA Today earlier this month "I would have had a hard time getting behind", the national title claim had he stayed with the Knights.
We've seen the rings, the parade, the banners, and the championship bonuses handed out at the University of Central Florida and almost everyone under the sun has commented on their claim as national champs but we had still yet to hear from Alabama's Nick Saban on the matter.
Alabama won the 2017 college football national championship.
"But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it", Saban told USA Today.
Many UCF fans to proclaimed themselves the real national champions.
"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything", Saban added.
Now, it's Saban who is weighing in on UCF's claim of a national championship and heaping a big ole pile of shade in their direction in the process. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it.
But anyone who watched college football previous year, and those who didn't but have a modicum of common sense knows it was Nick Saban's team crowned kings of the sport. "These are characteristics that, I don't care what anybody else says or does, it would not fundamentally affect what I feel about our group of players and what they've been able to accomplish".
But, Saban continued, there's a system in place and "it's not quite fair" to claim a championship was earned outside that construct. However, the Knights were ranked only No. 12 in the country when the top four playoff teams were selected.
One could argue UCF deserved a better chance at the title, but Saban clearly doesn't believe in teams calling themselves champions without winning the College Football Playoff.