Like many around the nation, we've spent the better part of a year filling paragraphs and podcasts with measured derision at UCF's national title proclamations.
But now that the Knights' 25-game win streak has ended, one must give credit where it's due. Instead of depreciating those 25 consecutive victories, as some surely are after LSU stifled UCF's normally supersonic offense in the Fiesta Bowl, we'll spend a few moments appreciating them.
Here's a by-the-numbers look at the Knights' streak, the 22nd-longest in college football history (per UCF):
746 Length of the Knights' win streak in days
3 Power Five opponents UCF defeated during the streak (Maryland, Auburn, Pitt)
3 Division I-A teams that have posted longer streaks since 2000 (Miami, 34, 2000-03; FSU, 29, 2012-14; Alabama, 26, 2015-16)
4 Players who started all 25 games during the streak (WR Gabriel Davis, LB Pat Jasinski, OL Jordan Johnson, OL Wyatt Miller)
5 Games won by single-digit margins
9 Games in which the Knights scored 50 or more points
22.9 Knights' average victory margin during streak
44 Largest single-game victory margin (61-17 vs. FIU, the 2017 opener that started the streak)
1 Smallest single-game victory margin (31-30 at Memphis on Oct. 13, 2018)