ORLANDO — No. 11 UCF is becoming predictable as the Knights pursue another undefeated season.
The defending American Athletic Conference champions keep on winning while insisting they aren't listening to chatter about whether they will be deserving of a berth in the College Football Playoff if they remain unbeaten when the four-team field is picked in December.
Now, coach Josh Heupel and his players say they're turning their focus to No. 25 Cincinnati, which comes to Florida next week for a crucial AAC test.
A victory over the Bearcats will clinch a spot in the conference championship game.
"At the end of the day, if you're doing it right inside of your program, each game becomes bigger," Heupel said Saturday after McKenzie Milton threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to key a 35-24 victory over Navy that extended the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games.
"That's what we want. That's the type of program we're trying to build," Heupel added. "I have great respect for Cincinnati. We're going to enjoy this one today and move on to Cincinnati tomorrow."
UCF (9-0, 6-0) finished as the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision a year ago, but was not included in the CFP. The Knights currently are one of four FBS teams that remain undefeated, along with the top three teams in the latest CFP rankings — Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame.
Although Heupel reiterated the Knights are only concerned with trying to go "1-0 every week," the first-year coach said he's growing tired of playoff talk.
"No, we want to be in that conversation. We want to be in it every single year," Heupel said. "We're building this program to have sustained success."
Milton completed 17 of 21 passes for 200 yards without an interception for the Knights, who have scored at least 30 points in every game throughout their long winning streak.
Adrian Killins Jr. (Mainland) had 14 carries for 83 yards and one catch for 3 yards.
Dredrick Snelson scored on receptions of 34 and 12 yards, Greg McCrae ran for 101 yards and one TD, and the Knights finished with 297 yards rushing to stay atop the AAC East Division standings.
The Knights are 12th in the latest CFP rankings. Beating Navy (2-8, 1-5), which has lost seven straight games, won't exactly silence critics who feel the defending AAC champions are undeserving of a higher ranking because of the strength of their schedule.
"Obviously, it's (disappointing) to lose again," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "That's a really good team, though. They have won a ton of games. ... There's no consolation prizes for coming close, but I was proud of the way our guys fought."