While Alabama won the official College Football Playoff national championship last season, it hasn't stopped UCF from "claiming" the title for themselves.
"If you honor and respect the system that we have, (despite) some of the imperfections that you understand that the system has, then you wouldn't do something out of respect for the system that we have", Saban told USA TODAY Sports. Alabama did, when it walked off a victor in overtime of the College Football Playoff National Championship matchup against Georgia in Atlanta in January. "I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything". "But self-proclaimed is not the same as earning it".
There's no question it's ignited it's fair share of twitter wars and annoyed the masses in the state of Alabama.
Saban acknowledged that having an undefeated season isn't easy to do while also saying he has a lot of respect for the Knights.
One could argue UCF deserved a better chance at the title, but Saban clearly doesn't believe in teams calling themselves champions without winning the College Football Playoff. "I don't want anything that I said in an answer to have the appearance of diminishing from what they accomplished and how grateful we are to be a part of it". Langer knows all about it, as like Saban, his relentless pursuit of success involves an enviable work ethic, a strict diet and a workout regime that will make you sore just thinking about it. victor of 111 professional wins worldwide, victor of 37 events and ten - count them, ten majors on the Champions Tour, Langer welcomes the philosophy shared by the Alabama football coach. I'm so proud of that team and I will be forever. "It's not quite fair to them for somebody else just to decide to (claim a national championship)". A time when championships were handed out by polls and other rankings systems and plenty of controversy ensued. However, the Knights were ranked only No. 12 in the country when the top four playoff teams were selected.
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