UCF getting its due as co-champions and the Almanacs’ winter weather prediction clash UCF getting its due as co-champions

    There will never be one true way to determine the champion of division I college football. Whether there are four, eight or sixteen teams, someone will always be upset. Yes, the whole premise makes no sense with over one hundred teams battling for four spots in a 12-13 games season. But that is also what makes it great. So when the NCAA acknowledged the University of Central Florida’s self-proclaimed championship this week, it is somewhat wonderful.

    The Knights of UCF went winless in 2015. Two years later, they flipped the script and went 13-0 which included a Peach Bowl win over the Auburn Tigers.

    Since UCF plays in the American Athletic Conference, a non-power five conference, they do not get the chance to take on the top teams in the regular season. Although they did defeat Memphis twice and one of the times, Memphis was ranked 16th in the nation.

    All of 2017’s playoff teams suffered a loss and still made the top four. Two of those teams were Georgia and Alabama. Both of their losses came at the hands of Auburn. UCF beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl. But because of their name and conference, UCF did not get a chance at the playoffs. Calling themselves champions is a perfect slap in the face to the playoff committee and the NCAA adding the Knights to the record books as co-champions for the 2017 season is the cherry on top.

– Nolan Beilstein, Sports Editor the Almanacs’ winter weather prediction clash

    So about those Almanacs…

    If you haven’t heard, the Old Farmer’s Almanac last week predicted a “milder-than-normal” winter forecast based on the “decrease in solar activity and expected arrival of a weak El Nin˜o which will prevent cold air masses from lingering in the North.” And, in July, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climatologists suggested there’s “at least” a 50 percent chance Minnesota will experience a warmer-than-normal start to winter in December, January, and February.

    Then, this week, the Farmers’ Almanac, which is different from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, says the latter’s predictions are “fake news.” (Can we just quit with that phrase already?)

    Peter Geiger, editor of The Farmers’ Almanac, stated their “time-tested, long-range formula” is pointing toward a “very long, cold, and snow-filled winter.” In fact, their forecast promises the worst of the extreme cold will come in mid-February while the snow will be above normal all winter. But wait, there’s more. They say we’ll have some interesting winter weather in March, too.

    Do we believe the Farmers’ Almanac and their mathematical and astronomical formula which was founded in 1818 during James Monroe’s presidential term? Or do we believe the Old Farmer’s Almanac, first published in 1792 during George Washington’s first term as president, whose first editor, Robert B. Thomas, believed the Earth’s weather is influenced by magnetic storms on the surface of the sun? Math or Science?  

    We will just have to wait and see what really does happen.

– Jess Bengtson, Assistant Editor