Jim Donnan's Viewer's Guide

Conference championship games dominate the college football schedule. Jim Donnan breaks down what to watch for this week.

Updated: December 3, 2005, 10:56 AM ET

Tulsa at
Central Florida
Saturday, Noon ET
Kevin Smith

This is the inaugural Conference USA Championship game, which will be played on Central Florida's home field at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Tulsa won the West Division after UTEP was upset last week by SMU. The Golden Hurricane have won seven of their last nine games following an 0-2 start. Coach Steve Kragthorpe has done a fine job at Tulsa, which was picked in the preseason to finish fourth in the West Division.

Tight end Garrett Mills is one of the more underrated tight ends in all of college football this season (75 receptions, 1,031 receiving yards). Sophomore quarterback Paul Smith has developed into an outstanding passer and has done a good job of spreading the ball around.

Coach George O'Leary has done a tremendous job at Central Florida, in one of the great stories of the season. The Golden Knights started the 2005 season with a 15-game losing streak, then lost the first two games of the season. Since then, UCF is 8-1, including a five-game winning streak entering Saturday's title game. Now O'Leary has a shot at a 10-win season.

-- Jim Donnan

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