CBS Sports' Danny Kannell Says UCF Can Hang With Georgia; Mecole Hardman Responds

CBS Sports' Danny Kannell Says UCF Can Hang With Georgia; Mecole Hardman Responds

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CBS Sports' Danny Kannell Says UCF Can Hang With Georgia; Mecole Hardman Responds


CBS Sports’ Danny Kannell’s lack of enthusiasm towards the SEC is well documented. His dislike towards the four-team College Football Playoff is well noted. And his fondness for the undefeated UCF Knights has been often expressed.

While appearing on CBS Sports and making a case for the College Football Playoff to expand to eight teams, the former Florida State quarterback argued that No. 11 UCF could go “toe-to-toe” with the Georgia Bulldogs, using UGA’s performance in last year’s Rose Bowl to make his case.

“You didn’t hear anybody complain about that game, when Georgia gave up over 500 yards of total offense, nobody had a problem with that,” he said. “And Oklahoma almost won with an incredible offense and a sub-par defense. Does that sound familiar? That’s exactly what UCF has.”

Though Georgia did give up 500 yards of total offense, it should be remembered that it was facing Heisman winner and No. 1 NFL Draft pick Baker Mayfield. In addition, after halftime, the Dawgs only surrendered one offensive touchdown and eventually won the game.

Kannell argues that since UCF is used to getting scored on and Georgia isn’t, the Knights would be well-suited to take down UGA, which in my opinion really does not do much to help his case.

“They go up-tempo. They’re used to getting scored on, Georgia’s not,” he said. “That game would come down to the wire just the same way the Rose Bowl did.”

It’s pretty simple. If UCF wants to be a Playoff time, it has to schedule elite programs. According to ESPN’s Playoff Picture, the Knights strength of schedule (SOS) ranks 119th in the country – for comparison, Georgia’s ranks 16th. The only other team in the top-25 with a lower SOS than UCF is 9-1 Utah State.

If it were up to me, a team with the 119th ranked SOS has no business even being in the top-15.

LSU, sitting at No. 7 in the rankings, has the highest SOS in the top-25, at fourth. Georgia’s 16th ranked SOS is second highest in the top-10.


**UPDATE**

Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman weighs in on the subject.

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