Twitter got a little interesting today, as it was discovered that the 2008 Utah Football team, the Sugar Bowl team, was officially recognized via the NCAA as National Champs... kind of.
Here’s a reason why @Utah_Football can now talk about it’s 2008 National Championship. Congrats Utah fans and @UtahCoachWhitt.https://t.co/9aCTRmgnV8 pic.twitter.com/Ogw3Foy6hW— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) August 25, 2018
Josh Furlong dives into a lot of the logistics in his article on KSL, but in a nutshell the Utes can claim part of a title because of a system back then that had Utah ranked ahead of Florida in the final standings of the season. UCF, after being self-proclaimed champs, have a piece of a title themselves due to the fact one platform had them ahead of ‘Bama, and that may have brought a lot of this to the forefront. It appears that Florida would be considered the “consensus” National Champ back in 2008, due to winning the BCS National Title game, and being anointed by other polls as the No. 1 team in the nation. Remember, though, that Utah was voted No. 1 by 16 people themselves in that final AP Poll.
We already had one parade celebrating that season, but let’s fire up another one! Hang the banner!