ORLANDO, FL – With College GameDay in town and a national television audience, UCF No. 11 his best performance of the season and dominated on Saturday night, the number 24 Cincinnati 38-13 in front of the second -largest audience in school history.
Will it be enough to bolster the Knights when the next Leaderboard of the College Football Playoffs Selection Council appears?
The Cougars and Knights moved after impressive victories over some of the traditional forces.
The tide recovered and the Knights kept rolling, but other top teams struggled.
The top four this week are unanimous, from No. 1 Alabama to No. 4 Michigan. But with the upcoming rivalry week, changes could be imminent.
"We'll find out next Tuesday, right?" Quarterback McKenzie Milton told Postgame.
UCF certainly made his case again and won the 23rd straight game while securing the American Athletic Conference East Division and home advantage in the championship championship on December 1. And it all started with a first appearance on college GameDay.
The students camped overnight to pitch tents and secure their first rows for the live TV show. As the morning began, thousands of people and signs filled the central part of the campus, known as the Memory Mall. UCF saw it as an opportunity to introduce the school to a national audience and inform the rest of the nation about what's going on in Orlando.
"I think it's the first time that most people get a chance to see what our university is all about the size, the energy, the passion of our fan base and the atmosphere of a game day in our stadium" said coach Josh Heupel. We have great players in the field and I think everyone saw this tonight, and once again we have the chance to go 1-0 and give our season another record of what they've seen . "
The players certainly enjoyed watching the show from their Orlando hotel rooms, especially when Lee Corso selected UCF for victory.
"To wake up in the morning, dream of it as a kid," defensively tackled, said Joey Connors. "Turning on the TV and seeing that he's in the Orlando on the UCF campus in the Memory Mall was unreal, so when Lee Corso picked the Knights, the whole hall broke out and we were out there celebrating in the hallway a cool moment for us. "
The players understood that all eyes would be on them when playing Cincinnati, the best team they have ever seen. UCF had 47,795 spectators at Spectrum Stadium, and before the kick-off the press box swayed as the crowd jumped.
The noise rattled Cincinnati, who was called because of a delay in the game and a false start before he had his first snap to prosecute penalties during the game because it was so loud.
"If you see the security guard, every piece, tap his middle, because he can not hear his quarterback, that was a big deal for us," said Titus Davis, who had the end of the defense had three sacks and a forced fumbling. "Since our fans came the way they did, it was great."
The defense of UCF, which has been criticized for giving away huge chunks of yards throughout the season, played the most complete game, ending with four sacks, seven tackles for loss and two forced fights. Heupel was not ready to say that this is the kind of performance UCF needs on the national stage, but he pointed out everything the program has to offer.
"This is the most unique story in college football because it plays football in college. We want to continue building what it will be," Heupel said. "Blue Blood programs were built in the '30s,' 40s and '50s, and we're in the thick of things here, really proud of the way our fans have performed all year round, but also today."  The win saw UCF ranked for the first time, although Cincinnati will likely drop out of the poll on Tuesday. Whether it was a big win for UCF to progress in the ranking is up for debate.
"I think our conference is a very good conference," said quarterback McKenzie Milton. "I think there are very good teams from top to bottom, I do not just think we feel bad as a program, we feel bad in a whole conference."