ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- It seems that Tulsa and Central Florida have reserved slots in the Conference USA championship game.
Since the inaugural contest in 2005, the Golden Hurricane and Knights have met for the league's football crown twice, splitting both matchups. Tulsa blew out UCF 44-27 and the Knights returning the favor 44-25 two years later.
Now, with UCF and others set to depart at season's end as part of massive realignment, it's fitting that C-USA's two most decorated teams will compete for the title one final time on Saturday.
"It is kind of funny if you look at it that way," Knights defensive lineman Victor Gray said. "It's like a farewell party and may the best man win in the end. So it's going to be interesting."
This will be the second meeting between the teams in three weeks, following Tulsa's 23-21 regular-season win in Oklahoma.
The Golden Hurricane's top-ranked rushing offense had their way with the Knights' defense in that Nov. 17 matchup, racking up 209 rushing y...