The Knights (8-2, 6-0) have arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for their final road game of the regular season after a two and a half hour flight from Orlando, Florida. Saturday's match up against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-2, 6-0) will be the latest the leaders of both divisions have squad off since Conference USA began divisional play in 2005.
A win for UCF will clinch the C-USA East Division and will also secure home field advantage for the Knights in the conference championship game. The Knights have won three C-USA division titles and two conference championships since joining conference USA.
UCF sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles and senior running back Latavius Murray have paced the Knights on offense all season and look to have another strong performance against the Golden Hurricane. Last week against UTEP, Bortles ran for two touchdowns and threw for 213 yards and a score. On the season, the Oviedo native has thrown for 2,199 yards and 17 touchdowns. Borltes has also ran for six scores. Murray has ran for over 100 yards in four consecutive weeks. Last contest against the Miners, the fifth year back ran for 117 yards and the game winning touchdown. The New York native leads UCF in rushing with 810 yards and 11 touchdowns.
On defense, the Knights remain ranked first in the conference in scoring defense (21.2 points per game), passing defense (191.6 yards per game) and total defense (343.9 yards per game). UCF will face the top rushing offense in the conference on Saturday. Tulsa has ran for 2,446 yards on the season. The majority of those yards have been split between the Golden Hurricane's Ja'Terian Douglas (808 yards), Trey Watts (645 yards) and Alex Singleton (572 yards).
Saturday's forecast calls for zero percent chance of rain with a projected high at 64 degrees and a projected low at 36 degrees.
Want to go in-depth to learn more about UCF and Tulsa and their matchup tomorrow? Click on the links below for the media notes, distributed by the communications staff of both squads.
UCFAthletics.com - Blog: Knights Know What's On The Line
UCFAthletics.com - Blog: George O'Leary - "I love games like this"
UCF Athletics.com - Blog: Making Sure Hard Work Pays Off Against Tulsa
Orlando Sentinel - UCF defensive line faces must-win challenge up front against Tulsa
Tulsa World - TU will face complete team in UCF
Tulsa World - TU football notebook: No holding back
Kickoff is set for noon eastern standard time and 11 a.m. central standard time. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Network and the UCF-IMG College Radio Network. At the top of this blog is a quick preview of Saturday's game with "The Voice of the Knights" Marc Daniels and UCF color analyst Mike Gruttadauria.