UCF fans fund billboard challenging Alabama to a battle of national champions

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Yes, that is a billboard in Tuscaloosa - paid for by UCF fans - essentially challenging Alabama to a home-and-home series with the Knights. The group, however, missed deadlines, so the fans changed the ad and the made arrangements to put the sign near the University of Alabama.

The team finished its season with a ideal record, unlike Alabama, but because its opponents were deemed too weak, the school missed the playoff to decide the official national champion. UCF previous highest end-of-season ranking came at the conclusion of 2013 season when the Knights were ranked No. 10 after defeating Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

The original plan was to buy a billboard in Atlanta for Monday's College Football Playoff Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.

UCF (13-0), which finished as the nation's only undefeated team, finished sixth.

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"We felt like this year's team could run with anyone in the country, and the Peach Bowl win [over Auburn] proved that", said Sean Barakett, who added that he contributed $100 toward the campaign. It was enough for UCF's athletic director, too: Danny White confirmed that the school was paying the team's assistant coaches bonuses for winning the title.

It's nice to aim high, UCF fans, but a future series with the Tide probably won't happen (cries of "We Want Bama!" never go well anyway).

While the buzz continues over UCF's National Championship, a new ranking was released that left the Knights in the No. 1 position.

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