Conference USA Championship Odds
TULSA, OK (The Spread) – Tulsa hosts Central Florida in the 2012 Conference USA Championship Game on Saturday at Noon ET on ESPN2.
Tulsa is 9-3 overall, 7-1 in Conference USA and 6-0 at home. Central Florida is 9-3 overall, 7-1 in conference play and 4-2 on the road. The Golden Knights are 6-6 against the spread this year while the Golden Hurricanes are 6-5 ATS. Tulsa beat UCF, 23-21, at home back on Nov. 17 and the Golden Hurricanes have won and covered in the last three games in this series.
Trends show that the home team has covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 meetings while the favorite has covered in 5 of the last 6 meetings. These two teams have combined to hit the under in 4 of their last 5 meetings.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Tulsa is a slight favorite at home, as the Golden Hurricanes have odds of -1.5 points against Central Florida. The over/under total has been set at 55 points. Opening odds had Tulsa favored by 1 point. The spread was even during the week, and even had UCF favored by 1 point before closing back at Tulsa -1.5 points.
Tulsa is coming off a 35-27 loss at SMU last week. The Hurricanes have actually lost two of their last four games. Tulsa is averaging 35.2 points per game on offense this year while the defense is allowing 23.9 points per game. The Golden Hurricanes are being led this season by quarterback Cody Green, who has thrown for 2,346 yards and 16 touchdowns.
UCF is coming off a 49-24 in over UAB last week. The Golden Knights have won seven of their last eight games, with the lone loss being the 2-point loss to Tulsa. The Knights are averaging 35.9 points per game this season on offense while the defense is allowing just 21.6 points per game. Quarterback Blake Bortles is leading the team with 2,593 yards and 20 touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, neither team has no new injuries to report.
The Public Bets for this game are backing Tulsa. The Golden Hurricanes are getting 63% of the wagers with odds of -1.5 points against UCF on Saturday.