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C-USA Championship Game History

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The Conference USA Championship is the postseason title game for the conference. The conference currently has 12 teams that are divided equally into the East and West divisions. The two division winners would meet on the home field of the team with the better overall record.

The inaugural game took place in 2005 from Orlando, Florida with Tulsa defeating Central Florida 44-27 as a three-point road favorite. Including this win, the road team has gone 3-4 in the C-USA championship. The underdog has produced a 4-3 record against the spread during this span and the 'over' has also produced a 4-3 mark as well.

In 2011, Southern Mississippi knocked off Houston as a 12 ½-point road underdog, which was tied for the largest upset in C-USA championship history. In 2008, East Carolina stunned Tulsa 27-24 with the same point-spread.

In 2016, Western Kentucky became the first team since East Carolina (2008-09) to win back-to-back Conference USA titles, rolling past Louisiana Tech in the highest-scoring championship game in league history with 102 total points.

Since the championship started, the East Division owns an 8-2 straight up record over the West and there hasn't been much change with the teams playing in this title game. Only seven of the 12 schools in Conference USA have made an appearance. Western Kentucky, East Carolina and UCF have both won the championship twice, the only three to have multiple titles.

In the 2017 installment, North Texas and Florida Atlantic both made their first appearance and the Owls routed the Mean Green under first-year head coach Lane Kiffin.

Conference USA Championship History
Year Location Matchup Line Score ATS Result
2017 Boca Raton, FL North Texas at Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic -10 (72) Florida Atlantic 41-17 Favorite-Under
2016 Bowling Green, KY Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky Western Kentucky -12 (78.5) Western Kentucky 58-44 Favorite-Over
2015 Bowling Green, KY Southern Mississippi at Western Kentucky Western Kentucky -7.5 (76.5) Western Kentucky 45-28 Favorite-Under
2014 Huntington, WV Louisiana Tech at Marshall Marshall -9 (68.5) Marshall 26-23 Underdog-Under
2013 Houston, TX Marshall at Rice Marshall -6.5 (65) Rice 41-24 Underdog-Push
2012 Tulsa, OK Central Florida at Tulsa Tulsa -2.5 (55) Tulsa 33-27 (OT) Favorite-Over
2011 Houston, TX Southern Mississippi at Houston Houston -12.5 (73) Southern Mississippi 49-28 Underdog-Over
2010 Orlando, FL SMU at Central Florida Central Florida -7.5 (55.5) Central Florida 17-7 Favorite-Under
2009 Greenville, NC Houston at East Carolina Houston -2 (68.5) East Carolina 38-32 Underdog-Over
2008 Tulsa, OK East Carolina at Tulsa Tulsa -12.5 (66) East Carolina 27-24 Underdog-Under
2007 Orlando, FL Tulsa at Central Florida Central Florida -7.5 (73.5) Central Florida 44-25 Underdog-Under
2006 Houston, TX Southern Mississippi at Houston Houston -5 (52) Houston 34-20 Favorite-Over
2005 Orlando, FL Tulsa at Central Florida Tulsa -3 (56.5) Tulsa 44-27 Favorite-Over
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