LAST WEEK: 4-2
Saturday's matchup in Tulsa is Conference USA's version of Alabama-Florida. This will be the third meeting between the Knights and Golden Hurricane since C-USA first held a football championship in 2005 (a Tulsa win over UCF). Tulsa is 1-2 in the championship game (losing to UCF in 2007 and East Carolina in 2008) while the Knights are 2-1 (in addition to the 2007 title, UCF beat SMU in 2010).
In addition to hosting the game (Tulsa beat UCF, 23-21, on November 17th), the Golden Hurricane will be playing for conference pride, as UCF heads to the Big East for 2013. Tulsa ranks third in total offense among C-USA teams (462.2 yards per game), while UCF's offense features tailback Latavius Murray (league-leading 107.1 yards rushing per game). Not surprisingly, the game will showcase the top two defenses in C-USA. (The third-ranked defense in the league? Memphis.)
Tulsa is coming off a loss to SMU, while UCF has won seven of eight (the only loss being at Tulsa).
I like home games in December.
Tulsa 24, UCF 20