UCF Knights fans plan 'College GameDay Invasion' in Jacksonville
ORLANDO, Fla. – Knights fans are planning to bring the University of Central Florida nation to the annual Florida-Georgia game Saturday in Jacksonville.
UCF alumni, including "super fan" Chad Barr, are organizing buses from Altamonte Springs to shuttle fans from Orlando to Jacksonville to stage an "epic takeover" of ESPN's College GameDay at TIAA Stadium, according to the Facebook event titled "UCF College GameDay Invasion Force."
"We UCF fans and alumni have decided to stage an epic takeover to continue to show the country what UCF Nation is all about and that we will not be silenced or back down from anyone," according to the page.
Barr said since the show is happening two hours away, he wanted to do his part to bring UCF fans to Jacksonville.
"We're just trying to rally the fan base around our program," he said.
This comes after "College GameDay" criticized and laughed about the UCF football team’s playing capabilities in a 2 1/2 minute debate Saturday. Some commentators said other schools have more compelling arguments for being part of the College Football Playoff.
"If it was so easy to go undefeated, why aren't other teams doing it? That's always my reaction when it comes to those kinds of comments," Barr said.
Barr hopes this "College GameDay" takeover will help UCF get the recognition he believes the Knights deserve.
"I want the nation to take a message away that UCF is the place to be," he said.
Barr hired a pilot in September to fly a banner over Camping World Stadium during the University of Alabama and University of Louisville game that read "UCF '17 CO-NAT'L CHAMPS 13-0 # CHADBARRLAW."
The Knights beat the Auburn Tigers in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 to cap a 13-0 season, finishing the 2017 season as the only undefeated team in college football. The Knights remain undefeated as of last week's game.
Fans interested in busing up to Jacksonville can click here to RSVP. As of Wednesday, 56 people had purchased seats. The group is hoping to fill multiple buses.
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