Saban discredits UCF's claim to be national champions
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Alabama coach Nick Saban is not buying Central Florida's claim that it won a national championship.

"I guess anybody has the prerogative to claim anything. But self-proclaimed is not the same as actually earning it," Saban said in a USA Today report Tuesday. "And there's probably a significant number of people who don't respect people who make self-proclaimed sort of accolades for themselves."

UCF gave its players national championship rings and had a parade to recognize its status as the only FBS team to finish the 2017 season undefeated.

Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in what the College Football Playoff called the national championship game.

While Alabama finished the regular season with one loss and did not play in the Southeastern Conference title game, UCF finished the regular season 12-0. But the Knights were ranked only No. 12 by the College Football Playoff selection committee, leaving them out of the four-team playoff for the national title.

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