After taking down Auburn in the Peach Bowl to finish undefeated, the UCF Knights have famously declared themselves national champions. Apparently, that struck a nerve with Tulane, which accomplished a similar feat in 1998, going undefeated after beating BYU in the Liberty Bowl that year.

A bookstore near Tulane (h/t College Football Talk) is now selling 1998 national championship T-shirts, riding UCF’s coattails to make some extra money on this hot-button topic.

Additionally, as Kevin McGuire of CFT pointed out, there’s now a note on the 1998 Tulane Green Wave football Wikipedia page to note that team is a “National champion.”

It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but Tulane does make a solid, if not unintentional, point here.

As much as it stinks UCF didn’t get a fair shake by the CFP selection committee, the whole notion that the Knights are national champions is a bit too far out there.

Unless you’re a fan of the Green Wave and/or the Knights, of course.

Jesse Reed
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