Danny Kanell explains why UCF could go ‘toe-to-toe’ with Georgia
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Danny Kanell makes the case for why UCF could match up with Georgia
It’s well documented that Danny Kanell isn’t very fond of the SEC conference. He’s long pounded the drum that the conference as a whole is overrated. And the CBS Sports commentator took a shot at Georgia while making the case for UCF.
The Knights are the No. 11 ranked team in the country, and hold the nation’s longest winning streak at 22 games. But despite their unbeaten record, UCF is still nowhere close to the College Football Playoff. And Kanell thinks that the Knights should be given more consideration.
Kanell said that UCF would go “toe-to-toe” with this Georgia team, citing UCF’s impressive offense, and how Georgia played against last year’s Oklahoma team in the Rose Bowl.
“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,” Kanell said. “And Oklahoma almost won with an incredible offense and a sub-par defense. Does that sound familiar? That’s exactly what UCF has.”
The 2017 Oklahoma team was led by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, who also went on to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. While McKenzie Milton, UCF’s quarterback, is very good, he’s also not exactly at Mayfield’s level.
Kanell also added that because UCF is used to giving up points— Temple scored 40 on them— it would be better equipped than Georgia to win a shoot-out.
“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.”
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that Georgia did win that game a season ago. And that in the second half and overtime, Oklahoma only scored one offensive touchdown. I also think that Lincoln Riley is a much better coach and play-caller than UCF’s Josh Heupel.