Let’s cut to the chase quickly. UCF (University of Central Florida for casual college football fans) deserves serious consideration for a seat at the dinner table, which is set every year for the invitees to the College Football Playoff semifinals.

This, of course, is predicated on the Knights continuing their (nation’s longest) winning streak (17) through the end of the American Athletic Conference championship game. That would extend UCF’s winning streak to 25 games.

I’ve been on the UCF bandwagon for more than 25 years (Google it up if you don’t believe me), dating back to the days when I was covering college football for the Boston Globe.

One of my backers in that crusade was former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, who had started a football branch of the Big East and was looking for ways to make his league thrive in football the way it had in basketball. It never did, but that’s a rant for another time.

“”I started talking about expansion with both UCF and South Florida,” said Tranghese on Monday.  “I just thought it was a good way for us to develop a presence in Florida (the Big East had one anchor in Miami).  They (the Big East presidents)  said we only should take one. But we wound up not taking either of them.”  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.