The Knights touched down in Tulsa around 2:30 p.m. central standard time for the final time this season and for the final time as members of Conference USA.
Saturday will be the third time the Knights will meet the Golden Hurricane in the Conference USA Championship game, but it will be the first at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Just two weeks ago, UCF lost to Tulsa in the regular season 23-21 and missed out on earning home field advantage for this championship contest.
Sophomore quarterback Blake Bortles will look to improve from his last contest at Tulsa when he completed 13-of-31 pass attempts for 169 yards and one touchdown. The Oviedo native has had a solid season compiling 2,593 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Bortles continues to be one of the most efficient signal callers in the conference with a 145.2 rating, which is ranked second in C-USA.
Senior running back Latavius Murray finished the regular season ranked first in C-USA with 107.1 rushing yards per game and tied for first in scoring averaging 10 points per game. Murray is coming off a 95 rushing yard and one touchdown performance against the UAB Blazers.
The UCF defense looks to improve from its last performance against Tulsa, where the Knights gave up 461 total yards. Senior linebacker Jonathan Davis had a career performance with 17 tackles in that game. Defensive back A.J. Bouye also had a game changing 76-yard interception return for a touchdown as well.
The Knights are 2-4 all-time against the Golden Hurricane. This will be the first C-USA Championship away from home for the Knights. Since the start of the conference championship game, road teams are 3-4 overall.
Saturday's forecast calls for it to be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain. The projected high is 72 degrees and a projected low is 55 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 Ready For Rematch In Tulsa
UCFAthletics.com - BLOG: O'Leary - "Those are the games you remember"
UCFAthletics.com - BLOG: On The Verge Of History, Focused On The Present
UCF Athletics.com - Looking Back on UCF's C-USA Championship Games
Orlando Sentinel - Friday morning round-up: UCF, Tulsa ready for C-USA championship showdown
Orlando Sentinel - Current, former UCF players say championship week is unique
Tulsa World - TU Football Notebook: UCF Rivalry
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.