Well, maybe not seriously, but fans of the university apparently do.
In the week since AD Danny White made his "National Champions" declaration after the Knights took down Auburn in the Peach Bowl, UCF dominated national discussion and generated debate over flaws in the current system, which are heavily skewed to benefit teams from the so-called Power Five conferences. The billboard states in the bottom right corner that it was paid for by UCF fans.
It's nice to aim high, UCF fans, but a future series with the Tide probably won't happen (cries of "We Want Bama!" never go well anyway).
The electronic billboard spot features an image from the Knights' Peach Bowl win over Auburn and text that reads "Congratulations Alabama!".
Thus, the university sees itself as a national champion despite Alabama beating Georgia in Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Head coach Scott Frost left the school to coach at Nebraska, which is his alma mater. "Doesn't mean anything to anybody but them".
The team finished its season with a ideal record, unlike Alabama, but because its opponents were deemed too weak, the school missed the playoff to decide the official national champion.
The Knights even had a parade at Disney World to celebrate their national championship. Additionally, the Knights are undefeated all time against Alabama, winning the only meeting between the teams in 2000, 40-38 in Tuscaloosa.